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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
909-659-2607
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Mountains
Activities: Hiking
Description: This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
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San Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It’s just the basics at Stone Creek Campground. The space is tight between campers, but the pine and manzanita trees are beautiful and help to provide privacy between sites. There’s no showers and the bathrooms are basically outhouses. You can use the showers at Idyllwild campground by the ranger station in town. The San Jacinto Mountains are gorgeous with plenty... More

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The spectacular views, wonderful earthy smells, and wildlife on the trail to the top were incredible! Great trails, easy to maneuver, and you can turn around at any time if you get tired. Photos taken from the top were amazing. Good idea to go in the morning before it gets too hot but watch for rattlesnakes that might be sunning... More

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Redlands, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

What a hike! Gave me a good cardio workout. Awesome scenery with a lot of shady places to rest and catch your breath or take photos.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness is truly amazing. The best part is the Tramway takes you to an elevation of 9000ft so you don't have to experience the scorching heat of Palm Springs desert while hiking. Once into the Wilderness its pretty cool and you can do Round Valley or Little Round valley round trip in one day. We went to... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Idyllwild is just the cutest little town, and the perfect place to stay and explore the many trails and hikes of San Jacinto State park. We were supposed to stay at the Strawberry Bunkhouse, but they messed up our reservation so we ended up staying at the Knotty Pines Cabins. It was quaint and super cute. I would definitely go... More

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Saskatoon, Sk
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

A galaxy away from the heat and hussle and bustle of Palm Desert. Amazing sites from the Notches, which can be tricky to find because the pathways get lost amoung the underbrush, but worth the short hike. We were there in Feburary and did not dress warm enough. We wondered, at the bottom of the tram ride, why they offered... More

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Chino Hills, California
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55 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Not far from the busy towns and hot desert is the San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. The views from the top are amazing. I took the tram up and then hiked to the peak which had amazing views. I felt like I was walking on clouds. There is a neat little cabin on the top that is intended for... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We did our hike from Humber Park above Idyllwild (which involves buying a $5 parking pass before you go to the park.) You also need free hiker passes from the Ranger Station so they know you and your party are on the mountain. We did the Devils Trail with a suggested loop not to the peak so we could do... More

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Bournemouth
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Magnificent views, no dangerous mammals although one does have to take care where one treads from snakes

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Idyllwild, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

A very pleasant hike...not too hard and the views are wonderful. There is snow on the trails most winters after January. Summer is much cooler than Palm Springs...a great repreive from the heat.

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