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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

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An oasis just above Palm Springs and a place of beauty and peace!

We were so glad we took the tramway to the State Park. We spent about 6 hours walking the trails... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Joette G
Oakdale, California
Great walk for children and dogs!

We tried the Ernie Maxwell trail which was a delight. Not steep and easy to follow so no chance of... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom
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This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
+1 909-659-2607
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We very much enjoyed doing some of the trails in the state park having taken the tram up from Palm Springs. The trails were well marked and the park well maintained.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed August 4, 2018

We were so glad we took the tramway to the State Park. We spent about 6 hours walking the trails and enjoying the beauty. Know there are about 500 steps needed down and up a somewhat steep walkway to get to the trails after you...More

Thank Joette G
Reviewed June 30, 2018

We tried the Ernie Maxwell trail which was a delight. Not steep and easy to follow so no chance of getting lost. Our 7 year old grand daughter found the walk OK and the dog loved it too. Parking was a bit limited so suggest...More

Thank stotty24
Reviewed June 8, 2018

Best to go early on weekends as the trails get busy. Perfect hike including for our 10 year old dog.

Thank DavidK6450
Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I met our daughter here for a ride on the gondola and lunch at the restaurant. The ride was safe and fun but riding on that gondola they pack ya on. The food at the restaurant was pretty good and the spiral...More

1  Thank williamej805
Reviewed March 29, 2018

Took the deer spring trail up about 3.1mi to suicide rock lookout. Quite nice hike with lots of great views along the way. The air feels dry so bring lots of water. Also got winded easily due to the altitude, so allow enough time for...More

2  Thank emj12117
Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

We started from Idyllwild and hiked up Deer Spring Trail to the the peak and looped back down the Pacific Crest Trail back. Strava counted it as 22.5 miles total. We did the hike on March 18th and we were walking in snow and ice...More

1  Thank Timothy Y
Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

We ventured out to ride the Tram and see the view and were pleasantly surprised to find a state park with trails with spectacular Mountain View’s! The Tram does a slow 360 degree turn while moving up the mountain about 2 miles and 3000ft! The...More

2  Thank Yehbut
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Drive for an hour from Palm Springs, CA. Go through the Wind Farm on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in the San Bernadino Mountains and reach Mount Jacinto State Park. The high wind in the Pass will buffet your car from side to side. The...More

1  Thank sanjoy435
Reviewed February 22, 2018

We stayed in Idyllwild and hiked Deer Springs and Humber Parks Devils Slide trails. Each is 3-5 miles of ascent with the same route down being the only descent option. A fairly tedious hike, but once you ascend, there are other trials at the plateau....More

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July 18, 2018|
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Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
Weather is in the 50’s so perfect but later in early November could be in the 30-40’s with an edge of snow but this is rare. Good time to go
October 30, 2017|
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Response from Nick32215 | Reviewed this property |
Our favorite coffee place was Higher Grounds right in the center of town 54245 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549. No Starbucks that I can remember.