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Best trails in Mount San Jacinto State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mount San Jacinto State Park, California? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 16 hard trails in Mount San Jacinto State Park ranging from 6.6 to 122.6 miles and from 475 to 10,830 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Mount San Jacinto State Park
Park information
Acreage:
14000 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contact
951-659-2607
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Top trails (30)
#1 - San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 1 m
The trailhead is accessed via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is $25 per person. It is best to make reservations online in advance or there may be a wait for a tram. Check in at the ranger staShow more
#2 - Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Great view of Strawberry ValShow more
#3 - Marion Mountain to San Jacinto
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 8 h 20 m
Full day hike! Definitely separates the avid from the casual hikers, this is one hike you want to be acclimated for, or allow extra time to reach the peak. If there's a hint of bad weather, make surShow more
#4 - Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 19.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Cactus to Clouds Trail from Palm Springs to San Jacinto Peak has the greatest elevation gain of any trail in the United States. Also known as the Skyline Trail, it climbs 8,000 feet from the deserShow more
#5 - Skyline Trail to Aerial Tramway Top Station
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 9 h 21 m
Timing for this hike is essential. In the winter months, the top of the hike can be icy and/or snowy and foot traction is necessary. After recent heavy snowfall, it may be very difficult to reach the Show more
#6 - Desert View Trail
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 49 m
A 1.5 mile (2 km) loop trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views. Short climbs, moderately strenuous. One of the handful of trails you can hike after getting off the Palm Springs AShow more
#7 - San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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Length: 18.5 mi • Est. 10 h 59 m
Starting from the town of Idyllwild, this trail is ideal as either a long single day out and back, or a two day with overnight camping. Little Round Valley sits just below the summit, which makes a grShow more
#8 - PCT: CA Section C - Highway 10 to Highway 15 (Cajon Pass)
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 122.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
PCT: CA Section C - Highway 10 to Highway 15 (Cajon Pass) is a 122.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitewater, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated Show more
#9 - Museum Trail
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 29 m
Museum Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
#10 - Willow Creek Trail to Hidden Lake and Round Valley Loop
Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Accessing the trailhead first requires a trip on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The ride is $25 for an adult. Permits are required and can be obtained for free at the Ranger station at the first juShow more
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