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Mount San Jacinto State Park is all about the San Jacinto Mountains. The park's namesake, Mount San Jacinto, rises to 11,000 feet at San Jacinto Peak and offers hikers stunning granite rock faces, subalpine forests, and a lush, fern laden forest floor. San Jacinto Peak is the highest peak in the California State Park system, and the second-highest point in southern California. The northeast face of the San Jacinto Range sharply descends down 9,000 feet in just four short miles, and is thus one of the steepest escarpments in America. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Diego, this 14,000 acre Southern California state park is crowd pleaser. With miles of hiking trails, a tram ride available from Palm Springs, and multiple campgrounds for overnight stays, this park is a great way to take in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Most of the park is a designated wilderness area enjoyed by hikers and backpackers. At the park's Mountain Station you can enjoy a restaurant, gift shop, and the state park visitor center near the Long Valley Ranger Station. The park also offers picnic areas, a ski center, and nature trails.

Skyline park was open did not attempt to summit

Even though visibility was maybe 100ft at the top, this was still a fun and challenging hike. It took my brother and I 2.5 hours to get up to the top. Hiking poles or microspikes would be recommended this time of year even though it was fairly warm in the beginning (I only had a t-shirt on until Wellman Divide). There was a sprinkling of rain from Wellman Divide to the top which then turned to snow.

This trail is super cool! Very well kept, beautiful views of Tahquietz Peak and Suicide Rock. Lot's of shade, switch backs and goes around mountain. Great workout! Make sure to get your Adventure pass, and requires permits at Ranger station.

6 days ago

The trail meanders through pines and across a little running creek with peak a boo views of mountain peaks and forests as you climb. Once at top, just below the actual top top, are giant bouldered areas to sit and enjoy the surrounding spectacular views of Tahquitz Peak and Lily Rock. The sun was out, a bit chilly at the top, a lovely day for a hike! Bolted up to the top and found the coffee can with notes, journal and goodies.

Went in mid-March, and it was nice and cool without a ton of people. Not the best views that time of year and we did get light rain along the last two miles. I also went in October as well and it was hotter, more crowded but with better visibility. The first two and last two miles are rough, but the middle is really enjoyable! Sunrise along the trail and city lights are also very beautiful.

This hike is no joke. But if you can do it the views are amazing. Picnic area that is 1 mile in but you will go up about 1,000 feet in elevation. Will absolutely be doing this again and making it all the way to the top!!!

6 days ago

Free hiking permit required. Permit can be obtained at the Ranger Station down the street. Trail is mostly uphill and moderately difficult. The view from Suicide Rock is worth the trek.

7 days ago

Great loop trail at the top of the tram. Took us exactly 2 hours. Views are spectacular. We went counter clockwise going up through the trees and down with the overlook views. This was recommended by the rangers and was terrific. A bi of squishy snow in places.

Highly recommended

Beautiful hike. I usually approach Tahquitz Peak from South Ridge Trail which IMHO is more challenging, especially the switchback push at the end. There was ice patches along the shady parts of trail — way before the saddle, and snow at the top. Micro spikes and pokes came in handy! A little windy here and there, otherwise was a gorgeous day. OH and one hour in I spotted a black bear paw track, about six inches in width. See pics!

one of my absolute favorite loops.
beautiful scenery good terrain. it gets pretty busy in the warmer months.
i just did this last week and reconment crampons if you plan on doing this anytime before june. lows here in the teens at round valley camp.

12 days ago

Light cover of snow all the way up and no wind—beautiful hiking conditions

Very beautiful snow hike. The last two miles to the top required alot of physical and mental effort, but the views from the peak made it worth it!

Beautiful day out. Light snow and ice on the round made it air slippery on some spots. Once we made it to the junction it was even more beautiful and a great place to take some time to relax.

Nice challenging hike. Not worth going to see the mine. It’s just a plaque

trail running
21 days ago

I said YES on this trail Christmas Eve 2016 when my beautiful wife asked me to marry her!!!

We backpacked this trail on Feb 16, 2018 and it was definitely a steep long trail. Most people do not backpack this route and I can see why. It's really uphill most of the way and carrying 40+lbs on your back is rough. With that said this 49 year old and her friends and kids (ages 13 and 14) did great. We slept just near Saddle jct about 500 yds north on the PCT. There were patches of snow, and it was cold at night (down in the 25 degrees) If you plan to hike to the peak anytime soon bring microspikes as there is too much ice to hike without them.

The view was really lovely, but I won't be hiking this one again. Next time I'll stick with less uphill trails as I'm still learning to pack a lighter pack :)
Happy Hiking!

First weekend on November with clear skies. Christine and I started sharp at 1 am from the museum. Took us 16.5 hrs to reach the summit and back down to take Tram. Took a lunch break and refill water at ranger station. The trees and sign at summit had frost, but prefer that that hike up in 3-digit temperature. Long hikes like this one, I always try to do it on full moon (less stress on my vision to find path and avoiding rocks). Like many people mentioned, last part will test you mentally and physically. Moved some rocks and branches to mark trail were trail was not very clear. If possible, do the same to avoid getting people lost and the sake of local rescue personnel.

24 days ago

Missed the register in the smiley face! Wish I’d known to look for it. Beautiful views. Very cold last weekend when we did this hike. Windy at the top but so worth it. Steady climb but not difficult.

25 days ago

Hiked this trail on Monday, 2/19/18. It was snowing with a wind advisory on Monday. Trail was beautiful snow covered. Hard to follow with the snow at times. About a mile in I encountered ice so I put on my crampons/micro spikes and hiked the rest of the trail with no problem.

25 days ago

Beautiful fun hike all the way through, and of course the view at suicide rock is amazing. The complete hike registered at 8 miles for us and took us 4 hours. That was with a couple of breaks and relaxing at suicide rock to soak in the view. On our way to the hike we pulled over and asked a ranger about the adventure pass, he said we did not need one if we were only going to hike the trail but on the way up the hike we saw a sign that said we had to have one. Not sure what the deal is with the pass but we didn't return for one and were fine. I would definitely return to hike this trail again, I would go early so that you have enough time to take a break at suicide rock, the air is crisp and fresh and the view is amazing.

off road driving
26 days ago

Great drive. Took about 3hrs to drive all the way through. Route takes you all the way through to 243.

Easy scenic route

1 month ago

Very steep grade.

1 month ago

Hiked to Suicide Rock and back. With a number of stops, took 5.5 hrs. Views were very nice at Suicide Rock but somewhat anti-climactic after 4 miles of hiking.

Enjoyable hike. Weather cool and snow on ground and trees as we approached Saddle Junction. Round trip to Saddle Junction took 4 hrs including frequent stops for photos and resting at Saddle Junction.

Very tough but very rewarding. The last quarter is quite steep and challenges your mental toughness. Aside from needing 2-3 litres of water, it is only worth the weight of bringing energy dense foods to minimize what you're lugging up the 8,000 plus vertical feet. For example: Carrots. Are. A. Bad. Idea.

Great hike would recommend. Was challenging for me. You're supposed to have a wilderness permit to hike this trail. I know this because I got stopped by a friendly ranger last weekend and was reminded.

1 month ago

Good hike- took about 3 1/2 hours . We stopped at the top and chilled. Pretty and a good hike.

Don’t forget your hiking pass at the ranger station.
No dogs allowed

Nice trail, well maintained. It was fairly busy, I brought my dog and she loved it! Don't forget a permit from the ranger station, and dogs should be leashed.

Neither my dog or myself is in great shape and we took it slow. 1hr 45 minutes to the saddle and 1.5hr down the hill. The time includes rest stops and time to chat with other hikers.

1 month ago

This trail has NO markers and is nearly impossible to find let alone stay on. We traveled for 2 miles zigzagging across the “trail” and never made it to the oasis. I hope those who find it enjoy it! For what it was, our experience was and adventure full of beautiful desert landscape and we saw many jackrabbits. It was very windy but overall pleasant. If you want to get to the oasis or actually follow the trail, I suggest going with someone who knows the way or just be happy with a wander in the desert. Good Luck!

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