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Palm View Peak

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No palms, no view from the "peak" but the views along the trail are superb
Near:Mountain Center, CA
Distance:10 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2850 ft
Hike Time:5.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: The goal of this trail was summed up best in the peak register by Dick Wakale - "No palms, no view, no peak!" However, that is only the goal of the hike. Who says you can't enjoy yourself along the way? The summit plateau is an amazing expanse that allows you to look from San Jacinto north to Rabbit Peak to the South. From this altitude you can see everything in between, and all along the trail, you get absolutely stunning views of Lake Hemet, the Coachella Valley, San Jacinto, Apache and Spitler Peak, plus much much more.

The hike itself is interesting that you traverse several climate zones, part is shadedless chaparral, part is oaken forest, part is Jacinto like pine and stone.

I hiked this trail on the Ides of March, and it was quite a slough through wet ground and slushy snow, however I wouldn't recommend this one on a hot summer day. It was hot enough in March.

Great trail, well worth the look.

Trailhead: Follow the 74 east a couple of miles past Lake Hemet. You will need to turn north onto Fobes Canyon Road, which is a tiny dirt road barely marked with a sign on a fence. You might miss it, I did. Follow this road, stay on the main path - think up. You will come to a sign about 3.5 miles into the road that tells you to turn right and continue for 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

Park where there are turnouts. Do not continue up the road, there is a locked gate and you will have to reverse down the incline.

The trail is right by the parking area, I missed it, though, and followed the road, an option even though it is trespassing (it isn't marked as such.) How can someone own National Forest Property, anyway????

(I wouldn't suggest this, though, because it was a lot like bushwhacking, and off trail hiking through brush - for some reason - this is the trail on the map)

The maintained trail is in much better shape - follow it! (Lat:33.67945 Lon:-116.5911)

Trail Guides for Palm View Peak:
San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson  (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Bernardino National Forest (909)382-2922
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted  123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by mike on 6/18/2006
I actually started at this trailhead to do Spitler Peak. This is a very nice way to get to the PCT on the Divide, because this trail is pretty tame. I wanted to do both Spitler and Apache, but it was too hot today, so i just did the one. i will approach from this trail again in the future.

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