Description

At 9100 feet in elevation, Round Valley is your first of four, primitive hike-in campsites and also your most plentiful. With 28 spots, Round Valley offers a hike-in option for backpackers headed to the top, as well as serious hikers out to explore, but not interested in the full ascent. Round Valley supplies a couple rugged outhouses and smooth-faced boulders to picnic on. Continue reading...
At 9100 feet in elevation, Round Valley is your first of four, primitive hike-in campsites and also your most plentiful. With 28 spots, Round Valley offers a hike-in option for backpackers headed to the top, as well as serious hikers out to explore, but not interested in the full ascent. Round Valley supplies a couple rugged outhouses and smooth-faced boulders to picnic on. Overnight permits are required and neither fires nor dogs are permitted in the hike-in campgrounds, so leave your pup behind and plan meals sans flame-broiled menus. Day use wilderness permits are free and are available at the State Park Headquarters in Idyllwild or at the Long Valley Ranger Station. Overnight permits can be applied by mail 1-8 weeks in advance.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
28
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 15 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Hiking

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Climbing

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Snow sports

In the winter, mount san jacinto’s summer climbing action shapeshifts into the lateral movements of snowshoe and cross country ...Read more

Wildlife watching

As you climb in elevation from the cozy perch of a tram car , put your binoculars away. you won’t need to magnify the soaring ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Round Valley Campground.

Forest
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Hipcamper Gabriel
Gabriel O.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 7th, 2015

You need to apply for a permit ($5.00 per person) via snail mail to camp at this location. From time of mailing, it'll be approximately 7-10 business days to receive your permit (if spaces are available).

Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 26th, 2016

We absolutely love Round Valley. We use it as a fun training site for longer trips in the High Sierra. Take the tram up from the valley for a truly thrilling experience.

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Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy F.
recommends this listing.
March 1st, 2017

Be sure to hike until you actually see the campsite markers. The rangers are very particular about people camping in the designated sites.

Hipcamper Joey
Joey N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 11th, 2017

Fires were not allowed while we were here. The sites are spaced far apart, so you should have plenty of privacy. Afternoon thunderstorms aren't uncommon, so always be prepared for weather. The water tastes great once it's been filtered.

It's an easy two miles uphill from the tram station. Recommend taking the high trail on your way back, as it provides better views and a change of scenery from the creek trail.

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah E.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2017

Taking the tram up was a great way to escape the heat of Palm Springs. We still broke a sweat with a solid 7 miles of hiking, but it was really enjoyable. I would say it was definitely worth the $25.

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Hipcamper Eric J.
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May 19th, 2018
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April 15th, 2018
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October 20th, 2017
Hipcamper Mitchell G.
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May 24th, 2017
Hipcamper Keith H.
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February 16th, 2017
Park
Mount San Jacinto State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(951) 659-2607
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
33.805° N, 116.663° W
$5/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 28 Sites
(Up to 15 people per site)