Cedar Springs Trail to Little Desert

Mountain Center, California

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Hike to the top of the lovely Desert Divide section of the lower San Jacinto Mountains to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Views in all directions make this one of the most scenic places in all Southern California. Since the mountainside is south and west facing, the best time to get started is before the sun is high in the sky. The route is exposed to the sun, and temperatures quickly can reach scorching in the summertime. However, winter excursions and early jaunts are incredibly rewarding. In winter the westward views extend to the Pacific and the clear azure skies adorn the heavens. Atop the crest, a solitary oak tree provides shade at the junction.
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by Alleen Riedel (Falcon Guides)

Hike to the top of the lovely Desert Divide section of the lower San Jacinto Mountains to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Views in all directions make this one of the most scenic places in all Southern California. Since the mountainside is south and west facing, the best time to get started is before the sun is high in the sky. The route is exposed to the sun, and temperatures quickly can reach scorching in the summertime. However, winter excursions and early jaunts are incredibly rewarding. In winter the westward views extend to the Pacific and the clear azure skies adorn the heavens. Atop the crest, a solitary oak tree provides shade at the junction.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain Center
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: San Bernardino National Forest
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: California CD 10; USGS: Palm View Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Cedar Springs Trail to Little Desert

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May 2018