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Trailhead starts at the back of the campgrounds thru the slot in the gate, another gate at the halfway point(PLEASE CLOSE!)
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Latitude
33.90689555128866
Longitude
-116.630859375
Trail Directions
Off Hwy. 74 between Hemet and Palm Desert almost directly adjacent to Hemet Lake. Exit Apple Canyon Rd. Park in Hurkey Creek Campgrounds($2). Get free maps from camp office.
Trail Length
9miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Idyllwild
   


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Review Date
June 22, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Cayenne_Pepa ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:

June 22, 2016 UPDATE:
I rode Hurkey Creek today, taking Keen Camp climb to Recovery Trail(Johnson Meadow), up May Valley past the white gate and did Snakeskin - just 500 feet away to the right. Snakeskin has been getting lots of traffic lately, but it's still overgrown in parts but unaffected by tree falls...so it remains fast and flowy. I improved the log roll ramps, so you can now hit it at full speed safely. Snakeskin ends where Dos Hombres(closed, but accessible) begins, marked by Pine cone markers. If you overshoot it - you will go around a burnt, fallen tree and end up on Bonita Vista fireroad.

Continue on Bonita Vista Rd until you reach Hurkey Creek...which is currently a cross-able, shallow pond. Missing Link begins just 200ft past the creek to the right. It's also overgrown, but the trail is intact and very ride-worthy. Missing Link terminates at the top of Hell Hill(right) and Rage thru the Sage(left). Rage is very sandy in the first portion, so find harder ground on either side of the sandy ruts. Rage ends at the top of Tunnel of Love. Stay right and ToL will be a fun descent.

If you want extra bonus points - go right at Apple Valley Center inside the left trail and go up Demoralizer - steep, lung-buster that many 24 Hours of Adrenalin riders hated.

Recommended Route:
1) Keen Camp climb
2) Johnson Meadow
3) May Valley Road
4) Snakeskin
5) Dos Hombres
6) Bonita Vista Road
7) Missing Link
8) Rage thru the Sage
9) Tunnel of Love
10) Demoralizer

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Idyllwild Hub
Palm Canyon Epic
Simpson Park
Bump n' Grind
Goat Trails
Art Smith Trail



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Review Date
April 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dilberto ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Prior to visiting- I made two mistakes. a)I didn't dress warm enough b)I decided to ride the hardtail, that day. Arriving at 9AM on a quiet, COLD spring Sunday, I should have taken note of the steam coming form the Rangers mouths. Luckily, my partner came equipped with adequate clothing, because it wound-up snowing lightly that morning.

This was my first time there, and certainly wont be my last. The initial 3-mile climb got my heart pumping real good. The fast singletrack descent through Johnson Meadow, caked my face and bike with fresh, hardpack mud, and snow granules. The presence of long, interconnected fire hoses along the trail had me laying the bike down once, as the bike tripped from an aluminum hose coupling. The second climb had me walking the hardtail up it, due to traction issues, caused by the snow flurries. By the time I reached the wet clay singletrack DH of the Exfoliator Trail- I was caked in red clay, and Lichen-coated mud from head to toe. Big fun! The final descent on the fire road was a great cooldown run, as we entered back to camp. This challenging 6.5-mile ride was a bargain....for a $2 park admission!

Recommended Route:
First-timers, get acquainted with the 6.5-mile short loop. Do it slow, at first- then blaze through it the second, or third time. A great course for the 24-Hours of Adrenalin Series!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Art Smith Trail, Pinyon - Don't do it when warm! Most wildlife are hibernating, and pose no threat, when colder. Plan to car shuttle, and bring fatter camelbacks!



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Review Date
September 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: aword4you ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Have only ridden it once so far, but can't wait to go back. The singletrack is a lot of fun, and there's plenty of it. The beginning climb is definitely challenging, but not impossible. I walked a few parts, and also over on the downhill. The only other rough parts were the climb after the creek (didn't even attempt it!) and the boulder. More experienced riders had no problem throughout the loop. Even with the 24-hour race coming in two weeks it wasn't too crowded. We did leave at 9:30, so I'm sure it may have been more crowded earlier in the morning. Was still not very warm at first, but you warm up really quickly.

Recommended Route:
Hurkey Creek Loop. Trail map available at the ranger station/campground check-in.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little further east, but Santa Rosa Plateau, Daley Ranch, etc.



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Review Date
April 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: clayperez ,  Racer

Summary:
Beaitufil course. Did this race at the end of last year and could not believe how pieceful it was while at the same time challenging. The course is very fast with lots of moderate climbs, but nothing would require you to hike it. The return single-track is the sickest single-track I think I've been on in any race. A full suspension bike rules this place. The night-riding is accompanied by packs of howling coyotes. Definitely puts the wild in idylwild.



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Review Date
April 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Franklin Coopersmith , from Idyllwild

Summary:
This is probably one of the best trails that you can find for biking in these mountains. I'm 14 years old and it is a pleasure to take friends after school on it. I would rate this trail as a 3 in a 1-5 on toughness and experience. People who are just starting, should think twice before riding the trail. The trail is about half and half on up and down hill. The trail is all dirt and parts are very rocky. This is a trail that you won't want to miss!



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