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Well, if you are heading over to or thru Hemet, you may as well hit up the pine village of Idyllwild & Lake Hemet while you're out this way. Unless of course, you wanna spend time at the local Walmart in the urban mecca of asphalt, baking in 100 degree heat, or eating fast food.

The city called Hemet has a decent population of senior citizens, average folks, construction workers and sex offenders. Hemet is a centrally located Southern California city with plenty outdoor recreation surrounding it, but the town itself is nothing special. The view of the mountains is great. After a fierce winter storm clears and the sun breaks out, the snowy mountain is lit up golden w/ warm, sunset colors radiating on the fresh snow capped peak. Can be quite an impressive view from the valley.
elevation: 1596'
population: 71,801
zip code: 92543


large agricultural valley turned suburbia

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Riverside County
Southeast of Riverside
off Interstate 215 @ Ramona Expressway



  • camping
  • hiking
  • restaurants
  • mountain biking
  • horseback riding
  • rock climbing
  • wildflowers
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Lake Hemet CA
  • Lake Matthews
  • Lake Perris SRA Reservoir
  • Mt. San Jacinto State Park
  • San Bernardino National Forest
  • description:
    Hemet, located at the western base of beautiful Mt. San Jacinto, farmland & suburban homes, apartments, retirees trailer park villages. The downtown scene could be much better.

    nearby towns:
    Palm Desert
    Pine Cove

    Desert Wildflower Super Bloom


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