Terri Peak

Moreno, California 92555

Terri Peak

Terri Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Lake Perris was built in 1973 as a reservoir at the southern end of the 444-mile California Aqueduct. Each year nearly 100 billion gallons of water flow through the lake and on to Riverside and San Diego Counties. The land around Lake Perris has been set aside as a California State Recreation Area. It primarily draws boaters, picnickers, and anglers, but the hills surrounding the lake are of interest to hikers and rock climbers. Terri Peak overlooks the facilities on the northwest side of the lake and offers a moderate climb with fine views of the lake and nearby communities. It is especially worth visiting in March and April when the wildflowers are in bloom."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Riverside (Falcon Guides)
Alleen Riedel
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"This trail in beautiful Lake Perris State Recreation Area climbs a mountain overlooking a sparkling-blue lake. All of Southern California is visible from one of the most prominent vantage points in the area. This fantastic hike leads to small but majestic Terri Peak on the border of Moreno Valley and Perris. The summit is isolated and there are no higher mountains anywhere in the vicinity, making the view from the top one of the best in Southern California."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Terri Peak is a great workout and altitude trainer in the Perris Lake SRA. Most of the elevation you gain occurs in a little over three-quarters of a mile, so the trail is incredibly steep in sections. While you won’t be acclimatizing to alpine oxygen at two thousand feet above sea level, the gain will make your body accustomed to the demands of higher altitude hiking. There are several smaller off-shoots that all meet up with the main trail; many are cut switchbacks or deer paths that gradually appear as the season gets drier and much of the thicker foliage dies away. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, though not heavily traveled."
Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Perris in the Spring. No need to battle the hordes of tourists flocking to that other similar-sounding place of romance across the Atlantic. No need to travel 6,000 miles and spend lots of money to have a good time. For just a few euros you can visit a manmade wonder, Lac de Paris, otherwise known as Lake Perris State Recreation Area. So pack du pain et du vin and head for the most romantic Pomona Freeway off-ramp in all of Southern California. Few nature-lovers—or lovers of any kind—have discovered the romance of Perris. True, a million and a half visitors come to the lake each year, but the only nature most are interested in is that found wriggling on the end of a hook."

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800 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
2 hours

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