Cedar Spring

Mountain Center, California 92561

Cedar Spring

Cedar Spring Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This area burned in the 2013 Mountain Fire. As of 2016, the Cedar Springs Trail remains closed east of the Paci?c Crest Trail. Check with the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2921 to determine if the trail has reopened. On both sides of the Desert Divide are a number of little springs trickling cold water. Cedar Spring, on the desert slope of the ridge, shaded by incense-cedars and black oaks, is one of the nicest of these water sources. Just below the spring, in a shaded recess, is a small campsite much favored by hunters and Boy Scout groups.

This short trail trip climbs over the Desert Divide from Morris Ranch Road and drops into this little sylvan sanctuary with its ribbon of running water. It’s best as a spring trip, when the water ?ows abundantly and the hillside is damp from spring rains."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"PCT hikers on the lengthy Desert Divide depend on small springs as their only source of water. One of the most attractive of these is Cedar Spring, situated on the desert slopes east of the Divide beneath a fine grove of incense cedars and black oaks. The best time to visit is in the spring, when the water is reliable, the temperatures are moderate, and the wildflowers are in bloom. This is a popular destination for Boy Scout troops."
Five-Star Trails Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"This quiet out-and-back hike is one of my favorites in the Palm Springs area. It is easy to follow, provides a moderate cardio workout, and is marked by thick groves of manzanita and gorgeous views of both mountains and desert. It starts out traversing privately owned pastures, switchbacks up a mountain for 1.5 miles, and crosses the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which is closed to through-traffic at this point due to damages caused by wildfires in 2013. The hike can be done year-round, though the best times are spring and early fall."

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Trail Information

Mountain Center
Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round; best in spring
Palm View Peak, Butterfly Peak (both 7.5-minute)
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