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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

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Gorgeous hiking

While vacationing in Palm Desert below, my husband and I were thrilled to find such gorgeous alpine... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Loudonville, Ohio
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Hiking Paradise with views forever.

We have hiked many of the trails here and enjoy them all immensley. There are easy trails like... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
John R
Carlsbad, CA
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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 1 week ago via mobile

While vacationing in Palm Desert below, my husband and I were thrilled to find such gorgeous alpine scenery just an hour’s drive away. We stopped for a day pass at the visitor center, then spent a couple of hours hiking the Ernie Maxwell Trail, which...More

Thank 545wendel
Reviewed September 25, 2018

We have hiked many of the trails here and enjoy them all immensley. There are easy trails like "Ernire Maxwell" which runs about 2.5 miles one way to "Humber Park Trail Head". This is good for famiies because of the wider walkways and fairly easy...More

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Reviewed September 18, 2018

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 karencA6283NY
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

1  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

1  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.

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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

3  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
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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.