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Mount San Jacinto Wilderness State Park

25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, California 92549 | 951-659-2607
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Type: Nature & Gardens and Hiking & Walking
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $
Hours of operation: Sunrise to sunset

Panorama Point Interpretive Trail.  A one-mile loop trail winding through a lovely mixed conifer forest to a panoramic overlook point is nearing completion. The trailhead is in the Stone Creek Campground area of the park, off State Route 243. This trail has panels with many touchable elements and an audio tour (downloadable or streaming audio) that should make it more useful to persons with low vision and others.  
San Jacinto Peak Trail. 11 miles round trip with the option to do the shorter, 4 mile RT loop. The view from the summit—San Gorgonio Pass, the shimmering Pacific, the Colorado Desert, distant Mexico—has struck some visitors speechless, while other have been unable to control their superlatives. Helen Hunt Jackson’s heroine Ramona found “a remoteness from earth which comes only on mountain heights,” and John Muir found the view “the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

San Jacinto Trail ma also be reached via the Palm Springs Arial Tram (separate fee applies).

2 Reviews for Mount San Jacinto Wilderness State Park

December 23 2010
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"Great for sleding"

We come to Idyllwild to get some good old sleding in. The trail across from the vistor's center is a great location. You have to walk a bit up the hill but there is a great clearing here. We were able to do this walk and even sled with a 2 year old so I would think any age would be OK for this location.

Parking can be a little tricky here as the road does get pretty icy and the parking is over looking a cliff so make sure you have chains on even if you think you'll be fine :)

December 23 2010
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"Fun with the Family"

Behind you at the top of the tramway is the 13,000-acre park, with 54 miles of hiking trails. If it’s winter, chances are you’ll be able to cross-country ski, too. The Adventure Center, open November 15 through April 15, rents equipment for adults and kids. So you can build a snowman and, back in Palm Springs, take a swim on the same day.

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