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“The Aerial Tramway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

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
Type: Mountains, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“The Aerial Tramway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a great ride to the Mountain Station and a great way to instantly be in a wilderness environment with several beautiful hiking trails.

Visited May 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“A gem off the tourist track.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012 via mobile

This is an undiscovered gem for the international tourist, so good that the locals have been keeping it to themselves! We visited in the off season, in May - by the summer it looks as if it gets very busy with people escaping the heat of the desert and may be a very different place.
When we were there it was quiet (only three sites occupied in the camp site) with cabin rental seeming another option for accommodation with lots of short rentals being advertised.
We stayed at the State Park campsite in Idylwild, do not confuse this with the Stone Creek State Park campsite which comes up in Internet searches as Idylwild but is about three miles out of town.
Great hiking trails are the reason for being here, but need some fitness as most have some uphill climb. The permit system can be confusing as many of the trails cross both State Park and Federal Forest, so you need two permits - an "Adventure Pass" from the National Forest which is $5 dollars per day and can be obtained from either of the gas stations in Idylwild. This is needed for parking at most of the trailheads, which are mainly in the National Forest jurisdiction. For the hike itself a "wilderness pass" is needed, which is free and can be obtained from ranger stations and state camp sites. Ranger patrols were out checking passes when we were there. You cannot get either of the passes at the trailheads so you have to sort it out beforehand. Basically go to a ranger station and ask!
(If you do get a citation for not having a pass to park at the trailhead I am told that it might be cancelled if you go to the Forest Ranger Station, apologise for being confused by the complex system and just pay for your $5 pass, but I would not rely on this goodwill!).

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Excellent High Elevation CampGround”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

This state camp ground is beautiful. It has a number of excellent camping sites on level areas. Perfect for tent, small class C RV or trailer camping.
The California State Budget cutbacks have closed the park during the week, and allows camping from Thursday Thru Sunday.
There are conversations about the park being closed completely. The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley is seeking a corportate partner to sponsor the park so it can stay open

Visited April 2012
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Carefree, Arizona
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“Eleven minutes to climate change”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

The tram tops off at 8610 ft above sea level. The views from the rotating gondola car are superb.

Warning to motorcyclists - do not park at any of the first lots you come upon. Go to lot A, which is level. You need to go all the way up and past the main entry doors and down a short distance to lot A. The other lots are too steep to put a bike on its side stand.

You get your picture taken when you enter the tram platform, and can see it when you get to the top. The pictures are good quality, a bit pricey, but worth it. Plenty of souvenirs at the top and bottom of the tram.

Visited April 2012
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Redondo Beach, California
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“Great hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

A number of hikes here - check maps and permit requirements at the National Forest station in Idyllwild. Hiking from Easy to Difficult and everything in between.

Visited November 2011
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