Spitler Peak Trail is a strenuous 5-mile hike, which has a trailhead elevation of 4,920 feet and rises to an elevation of 7,000 feet. The trail intersects the Pacific Crest Trail at a point north of Spitler Peak along the Desert Divide offering spectacular views of the desert floor below. The hiking maybe warm during the summer months as the trail travels through chaparral up to oaks and pines. In other words stay hydrated and hike during the early hours of the day.
Overnight opportunities for riders and their horses await at nearby McCall Equestrian Park and Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground.
Directions: From Idyllwild, CA, Drive south on Highway 243 and take the left fork on Highway 74 towards Lake Hemet. Just prior to Lake Hemet, turn left on Apple Canyon Road at the Herkey Creek Campground. From the campground it is about 2 miles to the parking area for Spitler Peak Trail.
Elevation: 4,920 feet
Ending Elevation: 7,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,080 feet
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