Cox Creek

Green Valley Lake, California

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The north slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains are visited more often by hunters and ATV riders than by hikers. However, this region offers seclusion and unique scenery in the transition zone between forest and desert. The drive to the trailhead is an enjoyable backroad experience in itself, exploring the maze of dirt roads that lace the range. An old path from Little Pine Flat leads past the defunct Hawes Ranch and down Cox Creek to its junction with Holcomb Creek. Two trail camps along Holcomb Creek make ideal destinations for an easy weekend backpacking trip. Be alert for hunters, especially during deer season in October and November. Large swaths of this area burned in the 1999 Willow Fire and this is a good place to watch nature regenerate. The trail is now unmaintained and starting to become overgrown in places because it receives little use, so long pants or gaiters may be helpful.

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"The north slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains are visited more often by hunters and ATV riders than by hikers. However, this region offers seclusion and unique scenery in the transition zone between forest and desert. The drive to the trailhead is an enjoyable backroad experience in itself, exploring the maze of dirt roads that lace the range. An old path from Little Pine Flat leads past the defunct Hawes Ranch and down Cox Creek to its junction with Holcomb Creek. Two trail camps along Holcomb Creek make ideal destinations for an easy weekend backpacking trip. Be alert for hunters, especially during deer season in October and November. Large swaths of this area burned in the 1999 Willow Fire and this is a good place to watch nature regenerate. The trail is now unmaintained and starting to become overgrown in places because it receives little use, so long pants or gaiters may be helpful."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Green Valley Lake
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: September-May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: San Bernandio Mountains

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