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Bee Canyon

July 8th 2018


Bee Canyon to Pine Cove Road is an easy 15.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Hemet, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 

This easy trail takes a high-clearance vehicle from California 74 near Hemet along a spectacular shelf road to Pine Cove, passing through a variety of vegetation zones. The trail commences by running in a wash line through the dry Bee Canyon. The powder- fine sand is soft, but in dry weather is normally passable without 4WD. In wet weather this trail is likely to be gated closed by the forest service. Climbing steadily out of Bee Canyon, the trail travels along a shelf road through low shrubby vegetation. There are excellent views back over the South Fork of the San Jacinto River Valley and the citrus groves to Hemet. The trail is roughly graded along its length and climbs steadily toward Indian Mountain. The Indian Mountain Trail, a moderate to difficult 4WD trail, leaves to the north. Continue climbing along the main trail, entering the pine, oak, and cypress forest near Pine Cove. Special Attractions: Easy trail through a variety of vegetation zones determined by elevation; Pleasant backcountry camping near Pine Cove. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

Best Time: Spring or Fall. Guide Book: BackCountry Adventures Southern California, 2002 edition, SC19

Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 4HI Transfer Case

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 2

Difficulty Level: 2

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage


Rendezvous @ Trailhead/Campsite

Meet at 9AM at the Jack in the Box on highway 74 just east of I-215 (locally known as 27256 CA-74, Sun City, CA 92585-9500), on left next to Arco at Trumble Road.

It is 21 miles east on highway 74 to the trailhead. 

This is a day trip - we'll have lunch at the summit, then come back down the same trail (listed as Idylwild Run ).






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