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Cedar Springs
  • Morris Ranch Road
  • Garner Valley, CA 92561

The 6.4-mile Cedar Springs Trail sets out from the wildflower-filled meadows of Garner Valley, about 5,500 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains. After parking along the unpaved shoulder off Morris Ranch Road, walk through the gate and along the dirt track until passing a water tank. The path continues alongside a ranch where cattle occasionally graze, so be sure to respect any fencing or closed gates. You’ll soon come upon an idyllic oak grove and meadow, where picnic tables offer the perfect rest stop before taking on a series of steep switchbacks that climb to the Pacific Crest Trail (though you’ll gain about 1,971 feet throughout the entire trek, the incline is gradual and easy enough for equestrians and hikers who’d like to bring their leashed pups along). From here, perched along the ridgeline where mountains meet the desert, the trail descends about another mile to Cedar Springs, a secluded grove of cedars, pines, and oaks where you can pitch a tent and camp for the night or return via the same route.

Total Distance: 6.4 miles
Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 6.4
  • Distance (km): 10.3
  • Difficulty Score: 19
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 5488
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1971
  • Elevation Loss (-): 1971
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1971
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 601
  • Minimum Elevation: 5485
  • Maximum Elevation: 6766
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 1281
  • Parking Type: Unpaved shoulder
  • Location: San Jacinto Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Idyllwild/Garner Valley
  • Dogs Allowed:
  • Horses Allowed:
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
Morris Ranch Road
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