Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 6

CA 74 to I-10: This 54.3-mile segment serves up an ecological buffet, passing through all California six life zones from the scrubby desert floor to the frosty spine of the San Jacinto Range.
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CA 74 to I-10: This 54.3-mile segment serves up an ecological buffet, passing through all California six life zones from the scrubby desert floor to the frosty spine of the San Jacinto Range.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 87.3

Waypoints

PCT075

Location: 33.5639266967773, -116.576965332031

CA 74 (Pines to Palms Highway). To the L, find excellent burgers at the Paradise Cafe.

PCT076

Location: 33.5923805236816, -116.57145690918

Penrod Canyon, stagnant creek; best not to drink

PCT077

Location: 33.6235847473144, -116.564117431641

Saddle and spur to Live Oak Spring

PCT078

Location: 33.6428565979004, -116.57145690918

Notch near Lion Peak with great views of San Jacinto and out east

PCT079

Location: 33.6667213439941, -116.576049804688

Cedar Springs spur trail

PCT080

Location: 33.6713104248047, -116.580635070801

Great views rocks to relax and enjoy; good camping here too

PCT081

Location: 33.6850776672363, -116.600830078125

Switchback up Palm View Peak

PCT082

Location: 33.6905822753906, -116.610008239746

Febes Saddle junction

PCT083

Location: 33.6905822753906, -116.610008239746

Water cache

PCT084

Location: 33.7107734680176, -116.622856140137

Trail junction

PCT085

Location: 33.7171974182129, -116.624694824219

Apache Peak; old trail junction

PCT086

Location: 33.7282104492188, -116.632949829102

Dry campsites

PCT087

Location: 33.7606315612793, -116.644653320312

Dry campsites

PCT088

Location: 33.7606010437012, -116.665397644043

Straight at offset (Y) trail junction

PCT089

Location: 33.7584991455078, -116.672416687012

Go R to stay on PCT, or take L for sidetrip to Tahquitz Peak

PCT090

Location: 33.7740669250488, -116.673065185547

Saddle Junction turn L onto the Devil's Slide Trail to head down to Idyllwild

PCT091

Location: 33.7876014709473, -116.678199768066

Saddle

PCT092

Location: 33.7865676879883, -116.689514160156

Creek with good water at Strawberry Cienega

PCT093

Location: 33.7835693359375, -116.69995880127

Creek with good water

PCT094

Location: 33.7825660705566, -116.702713012695

Strawberry Junction camp

PCT095

Location: 33.7828826904297, -116.704170227051

Keep R @ Strawberry Junction; trail goes down to Idyllwild area

PCT096

Location: 33.8008003234863, -116.704917907715

Seven Pines Trail junction; keep R

PCT097

Location: 33.8000183105469, -116.699348449707

Navigational aid: this stretch might be covered under snow, upcoming WPT's are for routefinding in case trail is faint

PCT098

Location: 33.8005485534668, -116.698852539062

San Jacinto River headwaters

PCT099

Location: 33.8018341064453, -116.699066162109

Navigational Aide

PCT100

Location: 33.8019676208496, -116.698783874512

Fuller Ridge Junction

PCT101

Location: 33.8075485229492, -116.697547912598

Major creek

PCT102

Location: 33.8087158203125, -116.697448730469

Navigational Aide

PCT103

Location: 33.8105506896973, -116.697319030762

Creek

PCT104

Location: 33.8168334960938, -116.701568603516

Navigational Aide

PCT105

Location: 33.8201332092285, -116.703750610352

Navigational Aide

PCT106

Location: 33.8210678100586, -116.705215454102

Navigational Aide

PCT107

Location: 33.829948425293, -116.712249755859

Navigational Aide near Castle Rocks

PCT108

Location: 33.8349990844727, -116.719718933105

Navigational Aide

PCT109

Location: 33.8363723754883, -116.723045349121

Large dirt road flat with camping possibilities but possibly no water

PCT110

Location: 33.8563346862793, -116.733116149902

At the end of the dirt road, PCT trail re-starts. Take R and begin epic switchback session down to Snow Creek and desert floor.

PCT111

Location: 33.8692817687988, -116.697814941406

Water with decent flow

PCT112

Location: 33.869701385498, -116.693420410156

Water, decent flow

PCT113

Location: 33.8773002624512, -116.680114746094

Snow Creek

PCT114

Location: 33.878101348877, -116.678970336914

Water fountain placed for PCT hikers

PCT115

Location: 33.9251327514648, -116.694869995117

CA 10 underpass

PCT116

Location: 33.9503173828125, -116.670700073242

Sandy wash; camping near windmill farm;

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Crags and pines

Location: 33.8228149414062, -116.707542419434

Intermittent views over the pines and outcrops of the San Jacinto Wilderness. ©Jack Haskel

Snow-laced slopes

Location: 33.8288230895996, -116.710975646973

From Fuller Ridge, find stellar views overlooking the north face of San Jacinto Peak and the Colorado desert and windmills below. ©Jack Haskel

Snow on Fuller Ridge

Location: 33.8331680297852, -116.71549987793

Navigation can get tricky in the snow-covered section in the San Jacinto wilderness. ©Jack Haskel

Impromptu Trail Sign

Location: 33.853271484375, -116.735534667969

Look for this turn to begin the descent to the desert floor. ©Jack Haskel

Over the valley

Location: 33.8644371032715, -116.716491699219

The view north toward Palm Springs over the canyons of the San Jacinto Wilderness. ©Jack Haskel

Wildflower medley

Location: 33.8672981262207, -116.711196899414

Signs of the life in an otherwise parched landscape. ©Jack Haskel

Fountain

Location: 33.8787498474121, -116.677993774414

Not a mirage: this fountain was gifted to thirsty PCT hikers. ©Jack Haskel

Shady spot

Location: 33.9244117736816, -116.694885253906

Hikers hanging in the nice shade of the freeway. ©Jack Haskel

Water Cache

Location: 33.6905822753906, -116.611839294434

Wooden seats and some great trail magic at a water cache. ©Jack Haskel

Craggy Peak

Location: 33.6713104248047, -116.580635070801

Rocks jut from a ridgecrest, framing the sprawling folds of the San Jacinto Range. ©Jack Haskel