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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

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Address: 25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
Phone Number: 909-659-2607
Activities: Hiking
Description: This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains...
This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
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Get your hiking permit & parking pass from the ranger station in town.

On the weekends during peak season make sure you get a hiking permit as early in the morning as you can stand before they run out. You will also need to get a forest adventure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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Souther CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

On the weekends during peak season make sure you get a hiking permit as early in the morning as you can stand before they run out. You will also need to get a forest adventure parking pass. I recommend south ridge trail as it is much less crowded but it can be difficult to get to if road conditions are... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Took the Devils Slide hike to Saddle Junction and had great photo opportunities all the way up and back. This whole area is beautifully scenic and rugged as well. The hiking can be as easy or as challenging as you want. The road going up to the town is not too windy or steep, prettty easy drive. Downtown Idyllwild is... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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207 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I could not believe the park behind the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It looks so much like Yosemite, yet we were just standing in the desert near Palm Springs. What a transition! Once you exit the tramway, steep paved walkways with handrails lead you to the liking trips on a plateau below the 8,516 foot terminus building. The loop trails... More 

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Stillwater MN
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The hike from Deer Park Springs to Suicide Rock outside of Idyllwild is worth the climb, but not the easiest of hikes. It is mostly uphill from the parking lot all the way to the top. We really enjoyed the climb, taking in the beauty - stately trees, granite boulders, peeks of mountain vistas. It felt like a real accomplishment... More 

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The crisp, clean mountain air and terrain reminded us of Yosemite. Unlike Yosemite, though, your starting point is the desert and then, thanks to the tram, you're at 84000 feet, surrounded by tall trees and much cooler air. We took the hike to Wellman's Divide, which was fairly strenuous. The biggest challenge was the thin mountain air. We weren't used... More 

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Brawley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

it was all good, born and raised here and never knew that Idlewild was such a beautiful place. I drove 300 miles to the white mountains of Arizona and they do not compare!!!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

As a city boy, a capitalise on any opportunity to visit rural or wild areas, as there are only some much concrete a person can take. It was an amazing park to visit, even though it was only to a few hours. As it was right at the top, we were able to look down and the see the whole... More 

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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great hike - on the upper end of difficult, just below strenuous. I had a few issues with the altitude, so we took it really slow on the way up. Great view once you reach the top. Busy trail. Gorgeous groves of manzanitas.

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Riverside, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The place was safe, we were two women: mom and daughter and we have fallen safe all times. If you love quiet forest and nice granite peaks this is the place to visit. Also, this is the second highest peak in California.

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San Diego
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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