Cahuilla Mountain Trail #2E45 is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness and San Bernardino National Forest. It is three miles long and begins at 4,534 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,093 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information board and parking. The trail ends near Cahuilla Mountain (elevation 5,525 feet).
Cahuilla Mountain Trail #2E45 Professional Reviews and Guides
"Cahuilla Mountain, its stony battlements facing southward, rises in lonely isolation above Cahuilla Valley, 10 miles southwest of the San Jacintos proper. The mountain is seldom visited nowadays, yet it is the setting for the climax of one of the most famous novels of early-day California. The novel, of course, is Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona, published in 1884. This trip relives these stirring events of the past as it visits Juan Diego Flat and climbs to the top of Cahuilla Mountain for a breathtaking view over the country of Ramona and the Cahuillas."
--John W. Robinson with David Money Harris, 100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press).
"The trail leads up the northeast side of the mountain through the chaparral. It then follows the summit ridge through a forest of black oaks and Jeffrey and Coulter pines. In 2.5 miles, pass a signed trail on the right leading 0.1 mile down to a small spring where water is usually available in the wet season. There are several bumps of nearly equal height along the ridge. The trail leads to the southeastern summit, which at 5635 feet is the high point of the mountain."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
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