Idyllwild Park Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idyllwild, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Aerobic Climb, Lush Early Summer Flora, Manzanita, Spectacular Views This hike not only provides an excellent introduction to the variety of flora in the Idyllwild area, but also some magnificent views of the San Jacintos and a reasonably complete aerobic workout. The most interesting (moderately strenuous) option for completing this trail combination is to begin along the Campground Trail and continue until its junction with the Hillside Trail, where a sign will direct you west (left) to the Loop Trail (the "loop" consists of the Steep Trail and the Hillside Trails). Continue west, crossing the creek, until you reach the signed junction of the Steep and Hillside Trails. Most hikers prefer to hike up the Steep Trail first (wear good lugsoles, as some of the trail involves a little bit of rock scrambling and is in "dicey" condition), continuing downhill after reaching the summit, then traveling back up the Hillside Trail with a downhill return along the Campground Trail back to the trailhead.
Great for kids
I just got home from Idyllwild after completing a the Summit Loop. I must say, this was a very enjoyable hike We drove in from the Idyllwild side of the park. You can find a map of the trails here: http://www.rivcoparks.org/parks/idyllwild/trails-and-maps/
However, there isn't much need for it as the trails are marked quite well and almost every marker has a map on it denoting where you are along the trails. Makes navigation very easy.
I started on the Parameter trail which starts in two places by the entrance. I took that to the HILLSIDE trail, which will take you to the YELLOW PINE trail, and in my opinion, two of the best views of the entire loop, via the VIEWPOINTS, which are marked on the maps at the park, and with a few trail signs as well. From there I went along the PARAMETER/HILLSIDE trail which leads to the SUMMIT LOOP. This is where it got really fun. You go all but straight up to the top of the mountain. A short walk across the summit, and then a steep descent. From there, follow PARAMETER back down past the road/camping area, and you are right back at the parking lot where you started. Whole trip took me only a few hours. And I was taking very long stops for photos.
Amazing views, a fun strenuous walk and climb... done by dinner for some food and beer in town.
Great hike, Beautiful views, quite a workout for just 4 miles!