Biking in Idyllwild
The San Jacinto Mountains contain approximately 200 miles of dirt roads and over 40 miles of trails open to mountain bike riding. Enjoy scenic rides through the forest on one of our bike routes.
Some Suggested Routes:
Coyote Run: Beginning at the north end of the Hurkey Creek county park and ending at the waterfalls on Hurkey creek. This easy and scenic ride is about 3 miles (on a closed to motor vehicles dirt road).
Fobes Ranch Road and spurs: Starting 3 miles south east of Lake Hemet off Highway 74 in Garner Valley. These very easy to moderate roads offer over 20 miles of mountain bike riding.
May Valley and South Ridge Trail: To start this ride take Saunders Meadow Road from Highway 243, ¼ mile southwest of Idyllwild. Then, follow Saunders Meadow road for 1 mile and go left on Cow Bell Alley to the end of the payment. A moderate 2 mile dirt road and 2 mile trail begins. The South Ridge trail crosses the road 300 feet before the locked gate. This trail is best during the first mile in each direction. Afterwards, steep and difficult sections occur.
Alvin Meadows and Webster Trail: This network of dirt roads start at the end of tollgate road , 1.4 miles southwest of Idyllwild, off Highway 243. Over 10 miles of moderate roads and 1.5 miles of trails are suitable for mountain bikes in this area. The first 1.5 miles of the Webster Trail are moderate, after that, the trail becomes steep.
Thomas Mountain & Ramona Trail: Here’s a challenging 17 mile loop that begins 1 mile southeast of Lake Hemet on Highway 74. Start your ride at the beginning of Forest Service dirt road. The first 6 miles ascend to the top of Thomas Mountain and the next 5 miles take you along the ridge. At Toolbox Springs campground take the spur down to Toolbox Spring and follow the trail. This fun trail gently descends 3 miles to a short dirt road, veers left on to the power line road, and returns to the start of the loop.
Keep your eyes and ears open to vehicles on the roads, equestrians & hikers on the trails.
Helmets are highly recommended.
Control your speed.
Carry plenty of water.
Avoid riding after Dusk.
Carry a map.