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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 13 Attractions in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains...
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Type: Mountains, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
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Dallas, Texas
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420 reviews 420 reviews
206 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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