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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
+1 909-659-2607
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one of my favorite places to hike!!

it's a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend! it's higher up so it's definitely cooler than... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Orange County, California

Absolutely amazing place. Great hiking yo be had all around. Be careful of fullers ridge during the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Will O
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This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
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1 week ago
10 May 2017
25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
+1 909-659-2607
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Reviewed 3 days ago

it's a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend! it's higher up so it's definitely cooler than the surrounding environs...lots of places to hike but it does get crowded on some trails so arrive early at the trailhead if you can! after hiking...More

Thank 777JeffA777
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing place. Great hiking yo be had all around. Be careful of fullers ridge during the winter months though! Crampons and ice axe advised!

Thank Will O
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Determined to do some hiking whilst in California I had to adjust plans last minute, as Sequoia and Kings Canyon were still covered in a lot of snow. Doing a section hike on the PCT sounded like a great idea, so San Jacinto became our...More

2  Thank SIrLancelotBCN
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I do highly recommend this, but if there is a lot of snow, it will be a very difficult hike. We met a very experienced local on the trail and tagged along, but we still lost the trail several times. Worth it at the top...More

1  Thank Catherine P
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We had one of the most rewarding hikes this past week! We decided to go to Idyllwild and hike Devil's Slide! It's a little on the strenuous side, but the reward of some of the most beautiful views in all of Southern California was all...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 26 March 2017

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...More

Thank twinsfitch
Reviewed 13 March 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
Reviewed 13 February 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...More

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 10 February 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...More

Thank Bruce K
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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

Thank Lori760
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Hi there, We are travelling to California in August, and want to take a few days to explore Palm Springs(yes, we know it will be super-hot!). Having read-up on the Palm Springs Tramway, I wanted to do the San Jacinto Peak (mini) hike, and just wondered if this was sensible/enjoyable/achievable in the height of summer? Also, is the restaurant worth a go, or pack a picnic?? Thanks for any help
15 February 2017|
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Response from Terry F | Reviewed this property |
You will find that the temperature at the top of the tram averages about 40 degrees lower than in the valley. If hiking to the peak requires you be physically fit. Make sure you have all your safety equipment which... More
Are dogs allowed
14 August 2016|
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Response from Jiro_Shiba | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed in the San Jacinto State Park or on the tram. If you want to go to San Jacinto Peak, you can hike all the way up starting from Devil's Slide/Humber Park (the hike is about 15 miles & about 4,200 ft+ in... More