Mormon Rocks Interpretive Trail 6W04

Area Status: Open
This 1-mile long trail climbs a ridge above the Mormon Rocks Fire Station and affords great views.

Beginning elevation is 3360 feet. This 1-mile loop trail was built by the Forest Service fire engine crew in 1975. It provides visitors with the chance to hike to a ridge to gain great views of the Mormon Rocks. These striking sandstone formations watch for White-throated Swifts, hawks, and ravens. In the chaparral look for coast horned lizards, California Thrashers, and Western Kingbirds. All along the trail there are excellent views of the Mormon Rocks and Cajon Pass area.

All along the trail there are excellent views of the Mormon Rocks and Cajon Pass area. An interpretive brochure may be available at the trailhead, or is also obtainable at the Lytle Creek Ranger Station or at this link.  The historic Mormon Trail of the previous century passed through this valley of geological curiosity.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This area is home to a diversity of wildlife. Visitors need to be mindful of wildlife that may cause harm such as, see list below . Never approach, antagonize, or attempt to feed any wildlife.
  • Rattle Snakes
  • Bears
  • Mountain Lions
  • Bobcats
  • Mule Deer
Operational Hours:
  • Hours for parking 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • DO NOT block gate after hours
Fees: No fee to park at Mormon Rocks Fire Station.
Restrictions: Dogs MUST be on a leash not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control. [36 CFR 261.16(j)]
Information Center:
Front Country Ranger District
1209 Lytle Creek Road
Lytle Creek, CA 92358
1-909-382-2851 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

General Information

Directions: The trail begins at the Mormon Rocks fire station located on Highway 138 just west of Interstate 15.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Elevation desc Beginning elevation 3360 feet
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas

Recreation Areas

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