South Fork Trail

South Fork Trail

Level: Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 800 ft.
Hiking Time: 6 hours
Travel Length: 11 miles


To reach the trailhead for both the South and the North Forks, take Highway 74 out of Palm Desert (south at Highway 111 junction) and proceed 23 miles. Or, from Hemet, drive 0.5 miles east of the Highway 371 junction.

There is a PCT sign on the right indicating a parking area. Park and cross the highway to the south, where you will come to a gate that opens onto the trail. The sign here indicates mileage south of this point. The South Fork described here goes 0.75 mile beyond Table Mountain Road.

Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• If in an off-leash area, keep your dog under voice command
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints