Info courtesy of San Bernadino National Forest.
Features: This 3.5 mile wild and scenic river system finds its source on the heights of San Jacinto Peak in the Mount San Jacinto State Game Preserve and Wilderness Area. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail crosses its upper reaches. Above the confluence of Fuller Mill Creek and the North San Jacinto River is a picnic area and fishing access location. Hike upstream from here to see lovely waterfalls.
This area supports habitat for many at-risk species, including mountain yellow-legged frogs, California spotted owls, the rubber boa, and the San Bernardino flying squirrel.
While there is no camping on the river, there are four campgrounds nearby.
Directions: From Hemet, take 74 east to Mountain Center, then take Route 243 north. You will cross over the river and pass the Lawler Lodge on your left before the parking area on the left appears.
Caution: Weather and road conditions can change in an instant. Always check with the managing agency before embarking on a trip. Always hike with a friend and carry a cell phone for emergencies. Bring plenty of drinking water, food, and clothing for changing weather conditions. Let someone know where you are going and when you intend to be back. Remember, California’s wild places are beautiful but they can also be dangerous to the unprepared and unwary. The California Wilderness Coalition assumes no liability if you intend to visit any of the wild places featured in our materials.