Hiking trails in the Lytle Creek area:
1. Native Plant Garden Nature Walk
Location: The garden is located directly behind the Lytle Creek Ranger Station.
Highlights: Paved walkways lead visitors through different local plant communities. There are interpretive signs along the way to point out the plant life and habitats. There are benches located throughout the garden so visitors can rest and take in the sights.
2. Cucamonga Wilderness
Location: The trailhead is located at the end of Middle Fork Road.
Destination / Elev. Gain and Distance from Middle Fork Trailhead Parking:
- Stonehouse 400 ft. .75 miles
- Third Stream 1600 ft. 2.3 miles
- Commanche 2400 ft. 3.8 miles
- Saddle 3600 ft. 5.5 miles
Wilderness Permit Required! (See Wilderness Permit section)
Highlights: Portions of the Cucamonga Wilderness burned in recent fires, and the trail has been damaged by falling debris and from the recent rains. Please be careful. However, this area still offers many miles of hiking. The trail takes the hiker from the chaparral to the pines, and for the first four miles, the trail parallels the creek. Offshoot trails lead to six peaks that are over 8000 ft high with wonderful vistas.
3. Pacific Crest Trail
Location: The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can be accessed from I-15, Swarthout Canyon Road, or from Forest Road 3N33.
Distance: 33 miles of the PCT wind their way through the Front Country Ranger District.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult with some drop offs.
Highlights: The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) extends over 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico and joins with several other trails like the John Muir Trail and the Silver Moccasin Trail. The PCT route was first explored by YMCA members back in the 1930s and was designated as one of the first national trails in 1968. Today, there are a total of eight national trails. In the Front Country Ranger District, the elevation ranges from 3000 ft near I-15 to nearly 8,000 ft near Highway 2 in Wrightwood. There is no reliable water available along this trail.
4. Mormon Rocks Nature Trail
Location: The Nature Trail is behind Mormon Rocks Fire Station on Hwy 138 west of I-15.
Distance: 3/4 mile loop
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Highlights: An Adventure Pass is not required if parking at the Fire Station. The Mormon Rocks area has had a long history of settlements in the area starting from the Native Americans to Mormon settlement and on up to present day. There is an interpretive trail brochure located at the trailhead that takes visitors through the history of the Cajon Pass Area. The trail begins behind the Mormon Rocks Fire Station, across a small footbridge. This well-marked nature trail winds through an array of high desert plants to a vista providing a view of the Cajon Summit region to the east, Ralston peak to the southeast, Upper Lytle Creek Divide and Cucamonga wilderness to the southwest. Mormon Rocks are a series of uplifted and overlapping cemented sandstone beds that are a result of seismic activity along the nearby San Andreas Fault line.
5. Peaks in Cucamonga Wilderness
- Telegraph Peak 8985 ft
- Cucamonga Peak 8859 ft
- Bighorn Peak 8441 ft
- Ontario Peak 8693 ft
- Thunder Mountan 8587 ft