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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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Excellent State Park to Explore!

We took the Palm Springs Tram to get to this awesome State Park! It's a whole different world on top of this mountain compared to the desert. Please see my pictures of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Central NJ
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We took the Palm Springs Tram to get to this awesome State Park! It's a whole different world on top of this mountain compared to the desert. Please see my pictures of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram review. There are many hiking trails to explore; and my favorite was the Desert View Trail. I would strongly recommend dressing a lot... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great scenery, relaxing, even the kids were enjoying this long hike....to bad my hiking shoes decided to act up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Hiked devils slide to tahquitz peak and in my opinion it some of the best scenery, weather, and hiking all in one from beginners to expert you'll love this trail I can't wait to go explore other trails in the area

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Foresthill, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Clean trail on Southridge trail to Tahquitz Peak and fire lookout. "Key hole" site is interesting geologic formation and photo subject. Many photo ops of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

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Laguna Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Went on a beautiful hike up Devils Slide through the snow. Gorgeous 5 mile round trip hike. The views where amazing, as well as the fresh air

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Helena, MT
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292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We drove up to Idylwild to escape the heat of Palm Springs, at 6300 feet it can be much cooler We. Looked for a short day hike and got good information at the park office. We took a trail on USFS land so our senior pass worked as a permit, nothing is free in California it seems Great hike, great... More 

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Souther CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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236 helpful votes 236 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
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7 helpful votes 7 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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