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“A beauty to explore” 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.
London, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“A beauty to explore”
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 Coachella Valley and the cities (Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathederal City) that's within it. I certainly got my money's worth!

Visited August 2014
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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“Hiked Suicide Rock”
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.

Visited August 2014
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Riverside, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Exploring California”
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.

Visited August 2014
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San Diego
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Stone Creek Campground/Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak”
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 of hiking trails to experience the wilderness. There are a few trails that start right at the campground, including The Panorama Point Trail; a 1 mile loop to a scenic viewpoint. We drove into town and hiked the Devil’s Slide Trail to Tahquitz Peak (8,800 ft, 8.6 miles, 5 hours round trip). We started our hike at 7am and had very little company on the trail. A permit is required for Devil’s Slide so make sure to plan ahead. We arrived in Idyllwild at 5:30pm and were able to get our permit at the Idyllwild campground (the ranger station closes at 4pm). The permit is for your safety and includes your license plate number and intended hike so that in the event you go missing, the rangers know exactly where to start the search. We were extremely lucky and had a clear starry night followed by a mid-day July rain, and a beautiful cloudy sunset sky.

Visited July 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Great Hiking!”
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 themselves on the trail. They leave quickly when they detect humans so no worries!

Visited June 2014
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