Nestled in the foothills surrounding Hemet, California, the Pachea Trail provides a thrilling downhill adventure suitable for the daring intermediate rider. This extensive 20-mile network offers a smorgasbord of features, from jumps and rocks to roll over, to sandy and rutted terrains.
To access the Pachea Trail, take Interstate 15 to Highway 74 East to Hemet. Once you reach Hemet, Hwy 74 becomes Florida Ave. Head down Florida to Gerard St and go south towards Ramona Bowl Amphitheater. Take a right onto Pachea Trail Rd and follow it until it dead-ends. Turn around and find a parking spot just past the No Trespassing/Fire Zone signs. Your adventure begins at the top of the hill.
While the trail itself is fairly manageable when ridden slowly, Pachea Trail metamorphoses into a totally different experience at higher speeds. The sandy and loose ground adds a challenge, as do the numerous jumps and rocks you can roll over. Those who’ve attempted it stress that this is not a beginner's run.
Riders rave about the trail, noting it has something for everyone — as long as you’re not a beginner. Some have even broken parts on their high-end bikes attempting some of the trail’s more audacious features. But caution is advised: irresponsible riding and vandalism have caused issues, including increased police patrolling. One tip from the community: know where to ride because every time you go, there's something new to discover.
For those looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience, Pachea Trail is worth every pedal. However, caution and preparedness are key. Always check local conditions and regulations before hitting the trails. Happy riding!