Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness in 2009 and it now has a total of 5,585 acres. 

The Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness offers spectacular views of the historic Juan Bautista de Anza Trail, soaring peaks, and the vast desert landscape. Its chaparral covered slopes and forested mountaintop are home to mountain lion, mountain and California quail, and the rare red diamond rattlesnake.

Cahuilla Mountain Trail 2E45 is rated as moderately difficult.  The trail begins at Cahuilla Saddle, elevation 4480 ft., on Forest Service Road 6S22 in Anza. It then proceeds up the northeast slope through thickets of chaparral, Live Oak, and Jeffrey pine. From the 5604 ft. summit are views of the area that Juan Bautista de Anza traveled through on his expedition in 1776. This trail passes through a Research Natural Area containing ecosystems used for research and study purposes.

Campfires are not allowed.  Gas stoves are allowed with a free California Campfire Permit.  Please practice Leave no Trace ethics while visiting this wilderness area.   

For more information, please contact:
Idyllwild Ranger Station
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(909) 382-2921