San Jacinto southern trails hikes
Now that you have hiked San Jacinto peak via aerial tram, you are probably thinking, “what’s next?” In the following post check out some of the most mesmerizing views we captured on our hikes in San Jacinto Wilderness. This time we ascended the mountain from the southern part – near Idyllwild.
There are plenty more exciting trails on the southern half of the mountain range, accessible through HWY 243. Most of the hikes start near a cozy mountain town called Idyllwild.
You have an option of conquering the San Jacinto peak via Marion Mountain trail, Deer Springs trail, or one of a dozen other hikes in the vicinity. Tahquitz Peak is one of the favorites amongst the rock climbers.
I would think twice before hiking these trails with kids younger than teenagers since most of the routes present steep ascend. Alisa & I hiked these trails way before we had our son. Alternatively, I would recommend checking the Long Valley Discovery Trail at the top of the tram, accessible through Palm Springs. That hike is relatively flat and would be more enjoyable for families with infants and toddlers.
Scenic Camping at Idyllwild
If you are looking for a great place to stay and enjoy camping, we’d like to recommend lake Hemet, conveniently located right down the road. Camping grounds usually have plenty of spaces even if you didn’t make reservations.
Address for Lake Hemet campgrounds 56570 Hwy 74, Mountain Center, CA 9256 (951) 659-2680.
Permit for Hiking Mt. San Jacinto
Things to keep in mind: You will NEED a permit to hike the trails (for your wellbeing and safety), which can be easily obtained for FREE at least at these three places:
I. United States Forest Service Headquarters and Idyllwild Ranger Station, 54270 Pine Crest, P.O. Box 518, Idyllwild, CA 92549.
II. Ranger station near the Aerial Tramway. (less than quarter of a mile from the Aerial tram)
III. Stone Creek campground, at a booth near the host.
Keep in mind that trails are subject to change or closures, so you better off checking in with the headquarters’ park rangers. Be prepared for unplanned events since you will be hiking in the mountains out in the wilderness.
Things to bring with you: steel-toe hiking shoes are a must; TONS of H2O, a small medkit, and some snacks. If you leave your positive attitude at home, do not worry, you will find it here.
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.