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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +8,850/ -8,732 ft
Total: 73 riders

Mountain Biking Exfoliator

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#129 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,800 in the world
Exfoliator is off May Valley fire road. You will see a gigantic dead tree at the start. It is now heavily overgrown and eroded, due to the 2018 Cranston and 2020 arson fires. Needs lots of care.
First added by Corey Maddocks on Aug 14, 2009. Last updated Jul 10, 2023. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
From San Diego, take Interstate 15 North to Interstate 215 to the Hwy 74 off ramp. Take Hwy 74 east through Hemet and come up the mountain to Mountain Center. Continue on Hwy 74 past Mountain Center. Hurkey Creek Park is about 3 miles past Mountain Center on your left hand side.
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Jiggy wit it mountain biking @…
Hurkey Creek, part two
Hurkey Creek w/Ricardo, Chuck and crew
Hurkey Creek-Missing Link Trail
Hurkey Creek #1 7-31-2010
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  • Edspeedy

    This trail is closed and will open in 5 years due to wildfires

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  • Michaelw47

    Trail pretty badly washed out in places, incline up to fire road deeply rutted and portions of trail are in closed off area due to 2014 fire in area; lots of sandy stretches. Great scenery.

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  • k2rider

    **CLOSED DUT TO FIRE DAMAGE** No meeting on possible re-opening until Sept 2014. I absolutely love this ride because it has it all...climbs, rock gardens, high speed smooth DH areas and on and on and on

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  • Daniel Lim Jr.

    Nice trail but you do have to pay a fee to park (2 bucks i think if i remember correctly) Pretty sweet trail. Great views. Popped my inner, made the quick fix and shortly after popped my spare on this trail. Going to go tubeless soon!

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  • Gary Yang

    Second time. Parked by the gate, didn't pay too go in. Nice ride really, i'm still new too the mtb world just started last year :). Lots of sand bars, nice small rock areas with easy ride downs on them, not much jumps if i remember right there was three. Rain made some of the singletrails on the down hill side crazy ( heels over bars i went a fem times) with clipless pedals too. Really nice down hill back into the campsite, but long uphill too the gate again. All in all i like this trail.

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  • jonathantyll

    Tough climb right out of the gate but the descent is worth it. We rode this trail in November, so it was in pretty bad condition due to water runoff. Gorgeous view at the top. Also, expect to spend a large portion of the ride on a fire service road-not singletrack.

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  • andben795

    Lots of initial climbing, but totally worth it in the end for those of you who like to ride fast.

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  • joetutt

    This trail is AWESOME! Has extraordinary mountain views, technical climbing and downhill sections, fast sweeping meadows, creek crossings, just tons of fun! If you're going to be anywhere near this trail make plans to go, you won't de disappointed!

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  • hoff

    Drove up from Palm Springs to ride this trail over the thanksgiving weekend. Rented a bike from Tri-a-bike which I highly recomend! The trail was in pretty bad shape due to alot of rain. If you ride here this winter expect washout conditions, especially on the climb out of the parking lot. We parked in the Hurkey Creek camp ground where you have to pay something like $3.00. The Rangers are great but give you a pretty sketchy map so just remember to take the first left after the walk though gate.

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  • scotsmandave

    immediate payback for each climb. infinite variety of routes. everything from smooth singletrtack to hairy downhill

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  • The_Germ

    Awesome trails! some great smooth DH on the back end before heading in to camp. Lots of SingleTrack.

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