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Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness

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Address: 25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA
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This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains...

This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.

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South Ridge Trail to Tahquitz Peak

Beautiful hike on the South Ridge Trail to Tahquitz Peak in Idyllwild!! The last mile of the road to the trailhead is unpaved. It's not too bad though since my Corolla was able to... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Our family escaped the heat of Palm Springs last Saturday afternoon with a wonderful walk near the Mountain Station of the tramway (a dramatic experience on its own). Even though there were a lot of tourists walking those trails, it felt peaceful and restorative: the cool air, steady breeze, and breathtaking views were a world away from the glitz of... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park with many scenic views and hiking trails. A place to meditate and unplug and enjoy nature at its most pristine. Learn about the all the wildlife and animals that live in the area and it makes for a much more informed visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Beautiful hike on the South Ridge Trail to Tahquitz Peak in Idyllwild!! The last mile of the road to the trailhead is unpaved. It's not too bad though since my Corolla was able to crawl to the parking lot (note "crawl" though....). You will need to get a free permit at the ranger station for this hike. This trail definitely... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is truly an amazing place. To simply imagine the force of nature to have created the mountains and rock formations, stuns. An incredible place to visit, and very different at different times of the year.

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1 Thank Irvinggetthecar
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Hiked the Fuller Ridge Trail to Mt San Jacinto. Awesome views, wonderful experience! Camped at a yellow post site the night before (free campsite). This is an all day hike , 15 miles RT.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

I enjoy the outdoors but I'm more of a city slicker, however, wanting an adventure with my 14 year old son we rented outdoor gear and took the tram into this beautiful wilderness, just two hours from home. Once you depart from the tram station and check in at the ranger station (camping permit in advance), there is NO water.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Campgrounds for pretty clean the bathrooms were very clean thank God the only problem I had is it rained the whole night and had three more days of rain so we ended up only staying one night instead of the three that we had paid for. But I definitely would visit this place again but I'll wait till the bugs... More 

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isle of Palms, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

This is simply a MUST SEE when in the Palm Springs area. It can be accessed by the Palm Springs Tramway or via hiking on up the backside from Humber Park in Idyllwild. The latter needless to say is highly strenuous, but there are many different levels and distances of hikes. All in all this park highlights a cool green... More 

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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Fantastic scenery! Great hiking trail. Lots of people when we visited, but not too crowded. Ample parking, but get their early.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

We did this hike on May 29, 2016. We hiked from Marion Mt Campground at about 6,230 ft to the peak at 10,834 ft. Being lazy, we took off from San Diego late, at 8 am, and returned by 10pm after a dinner in Idyllwild. The weather was excellent for hiking. The trail feels longer than the claimed 11.3 mile... More 

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