Bee Canyon to Pine Cove Road

Hemet, California

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This easy trail takes a high-clearance vehicle from California 74 near Hemet along a spectacular shelf road to Pine Cove, passing through a variety of vegetation zones. The trail commences by running in a wash line through the dry Bee Canyon. The powder- fine sand is soft, but in dry weather is normally passable without 4WD. In wet weather this trail is likely to be gated closed by the forest service. Climbing steadily out of Bee Canyon, the trail travels along a shelf road through low shrubby vegetation. There are excellent views back over the South Fork of the San Jacinto River Valley and the citrus groves to Hemet. The trail is roughly graded along its length and climbs steadily toward Indian Mountain. The Indian Mountain Trail, a moderate to difficult 4WD trail, leaves to the north. Continue climbing along the main trail, entering the pine, oak, and cypress forest near Pine Cove. Special Attractions: Easy trail through a variety of vegetation zones determined by elevation; Pleasant backcountry camping near Pine Cove. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Southern California

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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This easy trail takes a high-clearance vehicle from California 74 near Hemet along a spectacular shelf road to Pine Cove, passing through a variety of vegetation zones. The trail commences by running in a wash line through the dry Bee Canyon. The powder- fine sand is soft, but in dry weather is normally passable without 4WD. In wet weather this trail is likely to be gated closed by the forest service. Climbing steadily out of Bee Canyon, the trail travels along a shelf road through low shrubby vegetation. There are excellent views back over the South Fork of the San Jacinto River Valley and the citrus groves to Hemet. The trail is roughly graded along its length and climbs steadily toward Indian Mountain. The Indian Mountain Trail, a moderate to difficult 4WD trail, leaves to the north. Continue climbing along the main trail, entering the pine, oak, and cypress forest near Pine Cove. Special Attractions: Easy trail through a variety of vegetation zones determined by elevation; Pleasant backcountry camping near Pine Cove. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Hemet
Distance: 15.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: May to November; dry weather only
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,200 feet
Local Contacts: San Bernardino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Blackburn Canyon, Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Peak, Palm Springs
Topo Map: Bee Canyon to Pine Cove Road Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backcountry Adventures: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

1/7/2018

Beautiful drive, not difficult. Took about 2 hours from Bee Canyon to Pine Cove

11/4/2016

I did this today. It was an okay trail, very easy, but the last 35% of the trail is very nice up in the woods. There is a nice water creek you can stop at and have lunch at. The reason why I give it 3 starts is because for the first 30% of the trail, it's the DIRTIES trail I have every been on. Just flooded everywhere with either bullet casings, stuff destroyed that was used as target practice, and trash in general. It was very sad to see so much garbage on a trail that takes you to such a nice place as Pine cove. I did the first few hundred yards of Indian mountain trail, but I had to turn back, after several obstacles that test your truck's articulation, lockers, and suspension, the trail starts getting pretty narrow and twisty, which proves a challenge to my full size pickup, a modified pre-runner chevy avalanche. A big truck for that twisty trail. So I found a place to turn around, and went back to the Bee canyon trail. Next time I try the Indian mountain trail I'll make sure to not go alone, and just try all the obstacles, that way if I do get stuck, at least there is someone to pull me up or back, haha. Bee canyon took me 1.5 hours, plus 40 minutes I spent on Indian mountain trail.

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