San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)

Total Miles
10.9

Elevation

1,831.73 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

San Jacinto Ridge is a two-way trail running East to West between the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway (SR 243) and Bee Canyon Road (FS 5S07) in the San Bernardino National Forest. Comprised of mostly hard-pack dirt, the trail weaves through chaparral and pine trees and crosses over the North fork of the San Jacinto River. Several semi-improved yellow post campsites are located along the trail and are available on a first-come first-served basis. San Jacinto Ridge is rated by the National Forest Service as "More Difficult", the middle of a three-tiered rating system. The most significant obstacles are a shallow water crossing and mild rain ruts that can easily be negotiated by most unmodified high-clearance AWD vehicles. In early spring, snow melt may cause muddy conditions in portions of the trail with poor drainage. Due to occasional snowfall, this trail is best traveled between April and November.

Photos of San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)

San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)
San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)
San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)

Difficulty

The most significant obstacles are a shallow water crossing and mild rain ruts that can easily be negotiated by most unmodified high-clearance AWD vehicles. In early spring, snow melt may cause muddy conditions in portions of the trail with poor drainage.

History

The San Jacinto Ridge Trail lies along the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway which is part of the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway. The highway was originally completed in 1910 and officially designated as State Route 243 in 1970.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Trent Creal
May 25, 2024
2023 Ford Bronco Sport
Open
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
The trail is dying up and was scraped not too long ago. Trail cleanup is ongoing through the week. Ideally, start from Pine Cove if you skill level is beginner or vehicle is stock clearance. I wouldn’t recommend 2nd on the trail right now. Rivers and creeks are running and beautiful. What a great trail.
Chris Kreidel
May 01, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Washout
The first few miles are a 2-3 difficulty with Some bad off camber ruts require high clearance and the correct line. 2 big muddy washes made it hard, one was at a 3 foot drop off, which for most vehicles, would get stuck or not be able to go back up. One way trip down. Would not go as a beginner or low clearance vehicle right now.
Mark Talkington
Apr 27, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Washout
Aaron Park
Apr 19, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Went on the off road trail during sunset. Had no problem on the trail until 6.5 miles in. We had to turn around due to the large ditches created from the recent rain storm

Access Description

The San Jacinto Ridge Trail can be accessed from the east along State Route 243, at the end of McGovern Road in the small mountain community of Pine Cove. From the west use State Route 74 to Bee Canyon Road (FS 5S07).

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