We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
+1 909-659-2607
Review Highlights
Easy to moderate hiking

Be sure to get a permit before you hike here, and leave the dog behind, as they’re not allowed. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
San Diego, CA
via mobile
Beautiful hiking

My wife and I visited the Mount San Jacinto wilderness and did several hikes. I'd recommend... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2017
Lakeside, California
Read all 157 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good21%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“ranger station” (16 reviews)
“palm springs” (21 reviews)
25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
+1 909-659-2607
Write a ReviewReviews (157)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 144 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Be sure to get a permit before you hike here, and leave the dog behind, as they’re not allowed. The hike is easy to begin with. It gets more strenuous as the elevation climbs. The reward for the hike is the view, the quiet, and...More

Thank Lakeside31
Reviewed 10 December 2017

My wife and I visited the Mount San Jacinto wilderness and did several hikes. I'd recommend checking in at one of the ranger stations to get current info on the trails and fill out forms for hiking in the wilderness. We hiked the "Devil's Slide"...More

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 30 November 2017

An amazing experience with my girlfriend. We went on a Thanksgiving weekend 2017 just one day (its honestly a whole day thing experience) Was there from 11am got in at 3:20pm slot and headed down the tram around 7:35pm, Man it was jammed packed but...More

Thank BigRo2786
Reviewed 22 November 2017

For those who enjoy hiking this is the spot. Awesome views, great trails. Vistas. Deer. Carry water and a jacket. The weather changes at well. What is chilly in the morning can be hot in the afternoon or vice Versace. Remember the mountain rules the...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We hiked the Ernie Maxwell hike, about 5.2 miles round trip. This took us about 3 hours total with many stops and picture taking. It has some really beautiful views and the hike is not steep. My recommendation is to hike up the trail the...More

Thank blesdx4
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

If you take the aerial tram, it takes you up to the edge of the state park. It's all down hill from there - literally. You'll see a big sign for the state park entrance and can begin hiking down from there. Excellent views from...More

Thank Vagabond2be
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Very nice area for wilderness, hiking, great nature, you can meet a lot of squirrels while you are walking in the forest surrounded by Sequoia Tree and Pines. We have been here for climbing and this is great area for boulder, very nice routes, and...More

Thank MilaneseImbruttito64
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

I hiked the Deer springs trail to the San Jacinto peak an early morning in september, 18 miles roundtrip. Most of the hike is beautiful, although descending the last 5 miles towards Deer Springs is boring. The next time I will hike from another trailhead....More

Thank Vindens S
Reviewed 30 August 2017

As the story goes, Tim Leary had this ranch in the area and hired this guy called Osley to brew up a powerful form of LSD back in the late 1960's called Orange Sunshine. Although we never found the ranch we did do some awesome...More

1  Thank jmaruska
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We have lived in the LA area for 14 years now. We had heard about Idyllwild and the San Jacinto Wilderness before but never imagined that there could be such a beautiful, wild mountain area just 90 minutes drive from home. The granite rock mountains...More

Thank Nick32215
Nearby HotelsSee all Idyllwild Hotels
Palm Canyon Resort & Spa
734 reviews
13.36 km away
Vagabond Inn Palm Springs
315 reviews
13.60 km away
Best Western Inn at Palm Springs
808 reviews
13.68 km away
V Palm Springs
223 reviews
13.79 km away
Nearby Restaurants
475 reviews
3.34 km away
117 reviews
3.05 km away
Cafe Aroma
490 reviews
2.43 km away
J C's Red Kettle
223 reviews
3.31 km away
Nearby Attractions
Idyllwild Nature Center
93 reviews
3.44 km away
Mt San Jacinto State Park - Stone Creek Campground
5 reviews
5.29 km away
San Jacinto Mountain
764 reviews
6.99 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
31 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from joenumbah1 | Reviewed this property |
no Starbucks last time I was up there but there's a few restaurants that offer good coffee and great food in town..if you're looking for a straight coffee spot then " higher ground coffee shop" is it
15 February 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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