Socal - Riverside County - Pine Meadow NickNames: #ThomasMontainLoop thomas mountain loop
This trailhead is located on Highway 74 south of Mountain Center, about 3 miles past Lake Hemet, turn right on Thomas Mountain Road. Park on the right hand side off the paved road. Begin your ride here.
From the top of Thomas Mountain and all the Pine trees - make the descent down swoopy and twisty singletrack which gracefully snakes down the mountain. The first third of the descent is mostly moist, loamy forest singletrack, the second third is tricky, tight and loose switchbacks with multiple boulder crossings and the final third is rock garden madness complete with rutted, off-camber sections....FAST AND FUN!!!!
The BEST part of this trail is that you just NEVER KNOW what lies around the next corner, due to tall, brushy overgrowth, tight, banked berms and occasional fallen trees. This ride will have all your senses and reflexes literally maxed on overload as you swiftly navigate all the various terrain. Just make sure you bring enough water and extra inner tubes...even if running tubeless on this fast and buff singletrack.
Even though I made the Thomas Mountain climb without incident, my 46-year old body gets beat up on such slow ascents(and I climb like a goat!). Shuttle two vehicles and this ride makes everything WORTH IT from wherever you came from.
If you decide to ride the Thomas Mountain climb - all I can say is be prepared with plenty of provisions - including energy bars. The climb and Ramona Trail singletrack combined literally makes this ride a mini-epic ride which can last up to five hours...depending on temperature.
Shuttle up Thomas Mountain Fire Service Road while another vehicle waits at the bottom of Ramona Trail=1.5 hours of 100% quality ride time!
Zachariah a 46 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a 21-pound Cannondale race hardtail! from Palm Desert, CA
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Both of your posts should be deleted, or at least edited. Sure this trail ain't Sedona, but it is single-track, it is outdoors, and it's legal. If you're disappointed in the ride, learn to take everything with a grain of salt, and that not everyone has the same perception of a ride. Sheesh.
If you want to see what this trail looks like right now (9/00), follow the link below. I was up there last week and took some photos of what seems to be bad erosion. I have more, if people are interested. Post here, or on the Ramona Trail description. (And I don't see what the difference is between Thomas Mountain Loop and Ramona (really, it's Romona on the trail sign). Aren't these both the same trail?
Grinder a 40 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a '92 Specialized Stump FS from LA URL: Thomas Mtn/Romona Trail Pix