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    Hurkey Creek Trail


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    The Hurkey Creek Trail is a great family-friendly hiking route in the San Bernardino National Forest that features some rugged terrain and scenic views. While out hiking the trail, you will climb slightly uphill through some rocky terrain, where you will have some stunning views of nearby mountain peaks. Hikers should take note that wildfires in recent years have destroyed much of the shade along the trail, leaving it very exposed to the sun.

    Route Description for Hurkey Creek Trail

    While the landscape along Hurkey Creek is quite beautiful, recent wildfires have destroyed mu8ch tof the tree canopy and shade that comes along with it. If you are planning on hiking this trail, be sure to wear sunscreen or bring protective clothing. Additionally, there are some rocky stretches of terrain along the route, so be sure to wear proper hiking boots for the best footing.

    Whether you are looking for a quick day hike or are planning on camping overnight in the area, the Hurkey Creek Trail is an excellent hiking route that can be enjoyed by explorers of all ages and skill levels. Gorgeous mountain views and a charming creekside setting await on this short adventure in the scenic expanse of the San Bernardino National Forest.

    Setting out from the trailhead at the Hurkey Creek Campground, make your way north along the camp road for 0.2 km to pass by the cabin on your left and pick up the trail branching off to the right. Here, you will continue on to the north through the tree cover, much of which has been scarred by recent wildfires.

    Continuing on to the north, you will follow closely alongside the winding banks of Hurkey Creek as it cuts across the picturesque landscape. Take some time here to appreciate the natural beauty of the surrounding forests and mountains, while also keeping an eye out for any wildlife that may be present in the area.

    After roughly 1.3 km along the trail, the path will bend to the northeast through some rocky terrain, before climbing gently uphill to arrive at the endpoint of the route along Hurkey Creek. This is a lovely place to pause for lunch and to explore the creekside setting, so make sure to spend a bit of time enjoying the peaceful setting.

    Once you have taken in the views of the surrounding mountains, simply head back along the same path to return to the trailhead where you began your adventure on the Hurkey Creek Trail. If you are camping in the area for a few days, make sure to explore some of the other amazing trails that can be found close by.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is Hurkey Creek located?

    Hurkey Creek can be found in the San Jacinto Mountains of California, just southeast of the city of Hemet.

    Can I camp at Hurkey Creek?

    Yes, there is a large campground at Hurkey Creek that offers great facilities for camping in the San Jacinto Mountains.

    Insider Hints for Hurkey Creek Trail

    • Wear proper hiking footwear.
    • Toilet facilities can be found at the Hurkey Creek Park.
    • This trail is fairly exposed to the sun, so make sure to wear sunscreen or protective clothing.

    Getting to the Hurkey Creek Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Hurkey Creek YTrail can be found at Hurkey Creek Park along the Pines to Palms Highway/CA-74.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Hurkey Creek Park

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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