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“Like being out of country”

Diamond Valley Lake
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Hemet
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Diamond Valley Lake is a drinking water reservoir built, owned and operated by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This reservoir is an important component to providing water for 18 million Southern Californians, and is a critical lifeline in times of drought. To protect this resource, no body contact with the water is permitted. However, the Diamond Valley Aquatic Center, located near the entrance to the lake, allows for plenty of fun in the water. The Diamond Valley Visitor Center and the Western Science Center, which houses 1 million paleo and archaeo artifacts found during the construction of the Lake, are also located at the entrance to Diamond Valley Lake. The Lake and the surrounding hills have also become known for the spectacular wildflower blooms each spring, and are popular among hikers. Non-motorized bicycles are also permitted on the Lake View Trail, and equestrians can enjoy the North Hills Trail.
Mesquite, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Like being out of country”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a nice well kept secret. One can fish here, rent boats, buy tackle, and get a nice haul. One can hike or jog or bike along the many trails. This is a beautiful man-made water reservoir that feels like you are out of the country when visiting. Down below the lake, is a "water-park" for children, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, picnic area, and a large park maintained by the City of Hemet. All of this is away from main traffic and congestion. Hey, I even took a picture of a UFO over the lake while hiking!

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Fifthookmedia
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Hemet, California
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views, Fun Hiking Trails”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I love to hike the trails around the lake because you get some of the best views in town. Most of the trails would be considered very easy to easy. The most challenging trail is the 22 miles around the lake but only because of the distance -- there is very little elevation, so not a strenuous hike. I consider it a full day fun adventure. While I have been boating on the lake, it's okay if that's what you like to do. I much prefer walking around the lake. There are porta potties and water sources around the lake but you still want to bring your own water because there can be a distance between water sources. Also bring your camera to capture some of the most beautiful scenic views.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Ursula G
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Murrieta, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Joggers Paradise”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Best place in the area for joggers. No traffic, except for cyclists. 22 miles loop around the lake. Every mile is marked. Beautiful scenery. Must watch for snakes during Spring thru Fall. Usually not on the trail, but sunning themselves along the sides of the trail. Lots of other criters like rabbits, quail, lizards, hawks, even and ocassional Coyete or Trantula will be on the trail. Beautiful flowers in spring. You can even see the fish jump at times. Trail has lots of slight hills and turns. Very different than running on asphalt, although there is asphalt across th three dams. Much easier on your joints. Trail pass is $2.00 per visit or $25.00 for a year pass. You can park at the bottom at the Aquatic Center area for free and run or bike up the 1.5 mile hill, or pay $7.00 to park per visit, or $125.00 for year pass. Porty potties are very large and always clean throughout the trail. Must carry your own water and food.

Visited November 2013
5 Thank George S
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Hemet, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fishing Oasis”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

Great place to fish or just to enjoy the scenery. If fishing enter on the east side. The west side has an excellent overlook with informative placards about its history. There is also shade for a picnic. The roads to both areas is curvy so drive carefully.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank Kaj898
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Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice to see”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Man made, huge project. Dinosaur bones found during dig and closed part of site while archeologists excavated.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank NanetteT
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