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Mount San Jacinto State Park

Mount San Jacinto State Park, California

There’s a rightness and a rush of gratitude, a surge of humble awe that accompanies a cloud strewn summit. Standing above that much gravity is wonder-inducing and getting there via the fuel of your Read more...
There’s a rightness and a rush of gratitude, a surge of humble awe that accompanies a cloud strewn summit. Standing above that much gravity is wonder-inducing and getting there via the fuel of your own foot powered fire is confidence boosting, to say the last. The San Jacinto peak, just one highlight of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and wilderness area, is a backpacker’s dream. At more than 10,000 feet in elevation, the trails that take you skyward snake through sub-alpine forests, mountain meadow openness, snow dusted crag and gnarled granite. But the 14,000 acres of this state park are to be enjoyed by those who don’t summit as much as those who do. You can find Mount San Jacinto, off of Hwy 243 past the charming town of Idyllwild and accessible from Palm Springs via the aerial tram. Stare, breathless, at sweeping scapes of ridged mountains and pine from the tram window or from viewpoints along your backpacking escapade. The San Jacinto area offers two drive-in campsites, four hike-in primitive campsites and adventures for every brand of wilderness craving.
Idyllwild Campground
Ivan
Ivan : Oh the sweet smell of pine! Stayed for 4th of July weekend watching the stars and milkyway go by....
Round Valley Campground
Gabriel
Gabriel: You need to apply for a permit ($5.00 per person) via snail mail to camp at this location. From time...
Stone Creek Campground
Nicole
Nicole: Very quiet and a great alternative if you are not able to snag a primitive site. Fire pits,...
Tamarack Valley Campground
Kristine
Kristine: We had a wonderful two nights backpack camping here in late May 2017. Temps ranged from 75 deg daytime...
Little Round Valley Campground
As you ascend San Jacinto, your second to last hike-in camping option is Little Round Valley. Perched...
Strawberry Junction Campground
Diane
Diane: Stayed one night 9/6/15: hiked up Devil's Slide via Humber Park. No water along trail. Stay north on...
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Sarah
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Dmitry
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Vanessa
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Jeremy
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Tori
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