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     Lake Perris has Hiking only trails, Hiking and Bike trails, and Hiking, Mountain Bike, and Horse trails located throughout the park. Summer temperatures can be harsh, but springtime riders find themselves in the midst of a colorful sea of wildflowers on the east end of the park.

Hiking Only: There are hiking-only trails that pick up near the Museum and the Lake Perris Amphitheater that lead up to the scenic overlook of Terri Peak. On the park brochure, these trails are marked in green dots.

Hiking and Bike Trails: This trail is marked as a line of green dashes on the brochure. That particular trail is also paved and wheel chair accessible.

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding: These trails are noted as a broken purple line of dashes and dots on the brochure. It is not wheelchair accessible and it is unpaved.

Note: Bikes and horses are NOT allowed on the dam at any time. Bikes seeking to circle the lake must use the unpaved horse trail.


Lake Perris does not rent horses, but visitors are welcome to bring their own to the park. There is an Equestrian day use areas located in the "Day Use Horse Trailer / Hunter's Parking Lot" area near the Group Campground with access to water. Another area near the overnight Equestrian Campground that has access to water and several corrals.

For information on camping overnight with your horse: Horse Camp

Hiking, biking, and horseback riding is great exercise, but it's not always just a "walk in the park." Southern California deserts are harsh environments and even experienced hikers should take care of themselves when on the trail.

Hike Safe.

ave a plan.
Inform someone of where you're going and when you plan to return
Keep a flashlight and whistle with you
Eat well, stay hydrated: Carry plenty of water

Stay on the trail
Ask for HELP!
Familiarize yourself with the area, use a map
Expect changes in the weather

  • Carry and drink plenty of water (a minimum of 1 quart every 2 hours)

  • Sturdy footwear with good traction might save an ankle

  • Minor/moderate health or medical issues can be easily exacerbated by hiking up steep trails or hiking in high temperatures-- know your limits and pay attention to how you're feeling.

  • Stay on established trails.

  • Start with a fully charged cell phone, and bring a back-up charger.

  • When hiking in a group, each person should carry some water and food in case the party becomes separated, and the group should make a plan for where to meet up (at a vehicle, at the trailhead, etc.) if the members become separated.