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“Camping in Wilderness”

Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness is truly amazing. The best part is the Tramway takes you to an elevation of 9000ft so you don't have to experience the scorching heat of Palm Springs desert while hiking. Once into the Wilderness its pretty cool and you can do Round Valley or Little Round valley round trip in one day. We went to the Round valley campground (Lotus). I would say the campsites are quite far from each other to give you a true feel of wilderness. The view from Lotus campsite was very nice. Plan your camping for 2 days atleast to explore the nearby area.

Thank Sumit R
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Idyllwild is just the cutest little town, and the perfect place to stay and explore the many trails and hikes of San Jacinto State park. We were supposed to stay at the Strawberry Bunkhouse, but they messed up our reservation so we ended up staying at the Knotty Pines Cabins. It was quaint and super cute. I would definitely go back to the town, and especially the mountain which exceeded our expectations.

Thank chasetravelbug
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

A galaxy away from the heat and hussle and bustle of Palm Desert.
Amazing sites from the Notches, which can be tricky to find because the pathways get lost amoung the underbrush, but worth the short hike.
We were there in Feburary and did not dress warm enough.
We wondered, at the bottom of the tram ride, why they offered year passes. Now we know! Endless trails and scenery, HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

3  Thank Debbie J
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Not far from the busy towns and hot desert is the San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. The views from the top are amazing. I took the tram up and then hiked to the peak which had amazing views. I felt like I was walking on clouds. There is a neat little cabin on the top that is intended for emergency use.

1  Thank Skyler V
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We did our hike from Humber Park above Idyllwild (which involves buying a $5 parking pass before you go to the park.) You also need free hiker passes from the Ranger Station so they know you and your party are on the mountain. We did the Devils Trail with a suggested loop not to the peak so we could do 8 miles instead of the longer 20 to the main peak. It was so hard because the first 2.5 miles are straight up hill with no level parts to get a break. By the time we hit the half way mark we were completely worn out. But thankfully the second half is virtually all downhill. It took us about 6 hours total (4 hours up and 2 hours down) This included lots of stops for picture taking and traveling through some snow and ice which meant going slowly. Make sure you bring a trail map from the Ranger Station. Here's why: The Devils trail is easy to follow, but the rest are not. The trails are very poorly marked. Occasionally we'd see the Pacific Crest Trail markers during the loop part. But if it weren't for the foot prints in the snow, half the time we would have had no idea where we were or where the trail went next. The printed maps from the ranger station were relatively well drawn. And it really saved us, helping us know we were likely still on track even though there were times we seriously wondered if we were lost. Try to plan your Devils Trail hike to Taquitz Peak if you can. We couldn't because we were gong to run out of daylight because it took too long for us to climb. This is a great alternative to going the 20 mile version. It may take about 9-10 miles round trip to add that part in. And FYI... there are only bathroom facilities where you park. In the wilderness, you're on your own. :) Plan accordingly.

5  Thank mikki777
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