With approimately 200 miles of dirt roads and more than 40 miles of trails open to bicyclists, the San Jacinto Mountains around Idyllwild offer a number of experiences for mountain bikers of all levels.
For that reason, the local mountain trails have become extremely popular among riders looking for challenging routes and breathtaking scenery. Local trails provide mountain bikers with a diverse selection of roads from which to choose. The Forest Service has mountain bking regulations in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains to ensure the safety of riders and the protection of natural resources. Bicycles may be ridden on established raods and trails within the mountains; however, bikes are not allowed within the San Jacinto or Santa Rosa wilderness areas or along the Pacific Crest Trail.
If parking a vehicle on Forest Service land in the areas of Thomas Mountain and Black Mountain, Lake Hemet and Humber Park, visitors must display an Adventure or Recreation Pass in their vehicle. Call the Idyllwild Ranger Station at (909)382-2922 fro more details.
The pass is available in two forms: a daily pass for $5.00 and a $30.00 annual pass good for one year from the month of purchase. Passes are available at the Forest Service office and serval other vendors around town.
The Forest Service also offers these safety tips for mountain bikers: Keep your eyes and ears open for equestrains and hikers on trails and vehicles on roads; helmets are highly recommended; control your speed; avoid riding after dark; and, carry a map (available at the Forest Service).
There are two lakes located in the Idyllwild area, as well as a year round flowing creek.
Lake Fulmor is located 15 miles up the mountain from the 10 FWY in Banning, CA. Rainbow trout are stocked here from Spring through late Fall. There are also largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill. A handicap access fishing pier is available as well.
Lake Hemet is located 25 miles east of the city of Hemet. Rainbow trout are stocked year-'round here. During the summertime, they like to congregate in the deeper holes near the dam. Channel catfish are also planted here during the summer months. There are also some Largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill here. Swimming and wading are prohibited.
Strawberry Creek is located between the two lakes to the north and south. It runs year round and is normally stocked with rainbow trout.
Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
International Film Festival
Please come stay in Idyllwild and enjoy the film festival in January.