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Lake Perris State Recreation Area


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Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 6 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  Hidden among rock-studded hills, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low... more »

Summers are hot and dry. The hottest months are from June through September, with an average high of 94 degrees in August. ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Ya’I Hek’I Regional Indian Museum

Ya’I Hek’I (pronounced yahee ehkey) is Cahuilla for “Home of the Wind.” The museum interprets the history and cultural aspects of the native groups who call this region home. It is open on weekends from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M and on Fridays from 10 AM to 2 PM. The museum includes exhibits interpreting the Luiseño, Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Serrano and other... More

2. Trailhead for Terri Peak

The trailhead is marked by steps and a large sign, in addition to a port-a-potty.

The hike provides sweeping vistas of the entire recreation area and six mountain ranges. From the dry rocks of Terri Peak, survey Lake Perris' blue waters, the broad valley below, the eastern deserts, and oft-snowy mountains.

3. Geology vista

Lake Perris Area, as part of the Peninsular Ranges province, is underlain by a great mass of granitic rock that has come to be known as the Southern California Batholith. The batholith came to being during the Cretaceous Period (70 to 125 million years ago), when intrusions of molten material (magma) invaded the sedimentary cover of the earth's... More

4. History vista

This point offers a fine view of Alessandro Island, a day-use-only feature emerging from the northern portion of Lake Perris. The island is named after the lover of the heroine from the 1884 novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson. The nearby town of Ramona was also named after the book, whose publication coincided with the arrival of railroad lines to... More

5. Terri Peak

The 2659'-high point of Lake Perris State Recreation Area. On a clear day, enjoy views of the San Bernardino Mountains to the northeast and the Santa Ana Mountains to the southwest. Below are the subdivisions and irrigated fields of Moreno Valley. You can see all of the boaters, anglers and swimmers of Lake Perris. The Bernasconi Hills and the... More

6. Vegetation vista

The park's vegetation is adapted to a harsh climate. The scrub vegetation occupying the south faces of the Russell Mountains and the Bernasconi Hils typically consists of brittlebrush, desert encelia, sagebrush, black and white sages, buckwheat and cactus species. The coastal scrub community is dominated by sage, buckwheat, chamise and toyon. Also... More

7. Lake Perris perimeter trail

The park has a nine-mile equestrian, hiking, and bicycling trail that circles the lake. The trail is paved except for the area by the dam; through it, one may tour less developed portions of the shoreline and view Pictograph Rock.

8. Big Rock

Across the lake, one may check out the attractions of another recreation area, Bernasconi. Big Rock is just that, a giant granite rock approximately 180 feet high. It provides climbing opportunities for beginning and intermediate climbers, and even has challenges for advanced climbers. It hosts 34 recognized routes that range from a modest 4th... More