Just off Highway 243 outside of Idyllwild sits a beautiful hidden gem where you and your dog can enjoy a quick but scenic hike. The lightly trafficked Lake Fulmor Trail winds around its peaceful namesake lake, providing you and Fido with picturesque views of the mountains and ridges that rise up from the water. You’ll feel relaxed after this walk after you spend about half an hour listening to fish jumping and the breeze easing through the trees and cattails that line Lake Fulmor.
Parking for access to this recreation area is located across the highway. It’s $5 for the day or $30 annually with a National Forest Adventure Pass. There is no pedestrian crossing sign or crosswalk, so you’ll want to be extra careful as you and your leashed pup make your way across the road.
Once you’ve made it across the road, you’ll see the stone-lined path that will take you around the two-acre Lake Fulmor. You and your dog will meander through old growth forest as this 1.1-mile trail loops around the lake. These beautiful sparkling wetlands are home to a variety of waterfowl and the lake is stocked with trout in warmer months. On the northeast end, you’ll cross a bridge where Indian Creek pours into the lake. It’s a scenic spot to stop and take in the sights and sounds with your furry pal. Be sure to stop at the fishing pier as well for a bird’s eye view of the water!
You and your pup will love wandering through the spots of sun and shade past huge boulders that line the shore. Pack a picnic and grab a spot at a table back at the trailhead where there are also restrooms and drinking water.
For a short, serene walk with your dog, check out the Lake Fulmor Trail!