Apache Peak

Mountain Center, California 92561

Apache Peak

Apache Peak Professional Review and Guide

"**NOTE** - This area burned in the 2013 Mountain Fire. As of 2016, the trail remains closed. Check with the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2921 to determine if the trail has reopened.

This trip climbs Apache Peak (7,567 feet) for a superb vista over the southern end of the San Jacintos and the desert canyons, then drops over the desert side to secluded Apache Spring. You follow the rerouted Spitler Peak Trail to the Desert Divide, then ascend the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to the southeast slope of Apache Peak. Steep but clearly discernible lateral trails take you first up to the summit of Apache Peak and then down to Apache Spring."

More Apache Peak Professional Reviews and Guides

"Apache Peak stands high on the Desert Divide, guarded on the north and west by sheer rock walls. Surprisingly, the summit itself is merely a rounded bump covered in chaparral. Whatever the peak may lack in rugged beauty, however, is compensated for by its 360-degree views of the entire Desert Divide, Santa Rosa Mountains, and Coachella and Garner Valleys. Backpackers will enjoy the nearby Apache Spring, with a reliable water source and good camping. The trip can be done as an out-and-back hike from the Zen Center, or with a short shuttle, as a loop down the scenic Spitler Peak Trail. Apache Peak is a seemingly strange name for the peak, which is located in the middle of Cahuilla Indian territory."

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Trail Information

Mountain Center
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11
Distance
2,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Idyllwild, Palm View Peak (both 7.5-minute), San Jacinto Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
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