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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

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Address: 25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
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+1 909-659-2607

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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Long but beautiful hike

Bring a walking stick if you are not a regular hiker. It is not an easy track and I would not recommend if you have "bad knees." But we loved this hike and saw people of all ages... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bring a walking stick if you are not a regular hiker. It is not an easy track and I would not recommend if you have "bad knees." But we loved this hike and saw people of all ages reach the summit. Don't forget to ask for a "Squirrel card" when you reach the top!

Thank twinsfitch
Highland, California
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

This is a great park to visit. You can hike or just drive through. Lots of trees and some fantastic views. Idyllwild is a nice mountain community!

1 Thank Dave E
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Great place to escape the heat in the summer. Love the snow visit in the winter. The Tram ride is great. The park is incredible. The team of rangers here is incredible. If hiking register for free at the ranger station. Always carry essentials when hiking.

Thank Terry F
London, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

Nice tram ride, the floor of the car rotates so everyone can see everything on the ride. Fantastic views at the top. We found the walk in the snow very difficult, would highly recommend you rent the snowshoes! Trails are not good for anyone with any kind of walking issues or someone who gets short of breath. Overalls a great... More 

Thank Bruce K
San Diego, California
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Reviewed December 1, 2016

A beautiful and serene place to go for views and wilderness!!! Lots of trails and areas to enjoy the wilderness!!

Thank Lori760
Cedar Hill, Texas
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Reviewed November 25, 2016

I hiked the Deer Springs Trail up to Suicide Rock. This was a great hike, a bit steep but, well worth the climb. At 5'4", I tracked my steps and stairs... 15683 steps and 118 flights of stairs round trip. Just under 7 miles roundtrip. If you need a steep challenge, this is the place to go with great views... More 

3 Thank poutababy
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

We had never been here and didn't realize it would be so "mountainy." We tried hiking to the peak but had gotten a late start and pooped out about 1 mile from the summit. Our turn around time got us back to the tram just as it was getting dark. The trails were well maintained and very clean.

Thank mongooAtascadero
Riverside, California
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Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Forget about using your cell phone for more than a camera. We lost signal most of the time. In fact, it will last much longer and serve you better as a camera if you switch it to airplane mode.

1 Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

We camped overnight in Idyllwild, easily picked up our free hiking permits from the ranger station in Idyllwild and got to the trailhead for 9.30am. You need to display an adventure pass (which you can also get at the ranger station) or use your national parks annual pass which also covers you! It was a continuous climb but I wouldn't... More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

We hiked the Deer Springs trail to suicide rock. It's about 7 miles round trip with a 1900 foot climb. Honestly it didn't feel like it. The trail is very well maintained and other than at the top, where there were a lot of rocks, pretty smooth. It's a challenge but doable if you're in reasonable shape. We stopped at... More 

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