Summary: The Cedar Springs Trail is a beautiful trail that traverses gently through oaken wild lands and into a chaparral/desert highland up to the PCT. The views along this section of the PCT are breathtaking. you can see the entire Santa Rosa range to the south, the San Jacinto Wilderness to the north, the Coachella Valley to the east, and Garner Valley, Thomas Mountain along with Lake Hemet to the west. This is great high country especially for a day hike.
The trail switchbacks up to the PCT but is graded very mildly. It is a bit rocky, so wear good boots, but the trail is as good as they come.
A cairn(rock pile) marks the side trail to Pyramid Peak. Follow the PCT past the peak near the far ridge. The route to the top is a little like off trail hiking, so wear pants, and don't try this one on a hot summer day. Most of the trail is unshaded. Be prepared for a gorgeous 360' view.
Trailhead: The trailhead is very simple to find. Drive east about 4.5 miles past the Lake Hemet Store on the 74 Palms to Pines Highway. The road is clearly marked as Morris Ranch Road. Turn left. There is a fire station on the northeast side of the highway and a ranger station just down the road.
The road is paved all the way to the trailhead, which is clearly marked, and has ample parking a few feet away from the gate.
There are no trespassing signs, but they do not apply to hikers, just stay on the trail and you will have no problems.
For the first 3/4 mile the trail alternates between trail and road, there are a few gates and you will have no trouble staying on the trail. Turn right onto the PCT at the junction.
Pyramid Peak is easy to spot once you are on the Desert Divide, and the mountaineer's trail to the top is marked by cairns and is a bit past the peak itself along the PCT. (Lat:33.65281 Lon:-116.5725)
Trail Guides for Pyramid Peak:
San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Jacinto Ranger District (909) 382-2921
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.
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Reviewed by CAHIKR on 3/22/2010
Did this hike yesterday, nice day, easy hike if you go past the peak and come up from the east. I rebuilt the cairns that had been knocked down over the winter. I came down from a path that someone else made in the snow toward the NW, shorter decent but much harder due to the snow.
Reviewed by DM on 4/14/2009
The hike is more challanging than it looks. The climb to Pyramid peak was work. I don't know if I would climb the peak. The views are nice.
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