Looking for a great trail in San Jacinto Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail 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 10 hard trails in San Jacinto Wilderness ranging from 9.7 to 28 miles and from 1,233 to 10,816 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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love this hike going up. Was too hard on my knee coming back down. But will do it again soon

over grown
private property
28 days ago

I used this trail to get me from Fobes to the PCT Junction since I couldn’t find Fobes to Spitler. May very we’ll be a good reason!

We did this trail in reverse so we would have the uphill section first. Great New Year’s Day hike! Lots of friendly people along the trail.

Had to turn back about a mile and a half from the top due to a late start, but oh my, what an amazing hike. Awesome views, no crowds, perfect conditions. Temps were in the upper 40s at the trailhead when I parked at 9:30am. Parking lot was nearly empty. I stopped by the ranger station in town to pick up a permit just in case, but there were none available in the outdoor kiosk and the station itself was closed. Not sure anyone’s checking during the govt shutdown. Lots of snow and ice. I had on micro spikes for most of the hike. Snow was over the ankles for a good bit. Made for a fun trip.

Cool trail

Took the dogs with us on this hike. Although it was a little narrow in parts, we all enjoyed the walk and the beautiful scenery. Lots of other furry friends on the trail today!

Really nice walk

Easy fun hike

Absolutely perfect - so beautiful, challenging, and easy to do in one morning or afternoon!

Gorgeous day, great views, nice to find snow on Christmas Eve. Hard packed snow was easy to navigate with hiking shoes or boots.

Hiked this trail this past weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an easy out and back trail with beautiful views. It was a perfect hike during this holiday season. The smell of fresh pine trees really put me in a holiday spirit. I look forward to returning to this area to try other trails.

Micro spikes highly recommended. Icy patches off and on in lower elevations. Snow gets deep near the peak. Trail may be hard to follow after fresh snowfall. This is a moderate trail but not one I would go on without the proper gear. Saw people heading up at nearly sunset as we were coming down who were under-equipped and without any concept of how long the trail takes to complete. Be safe, not sorry, especially in the middle of a government shutdown which means no rangers out patrolling.

Nice walk lots of traffic on weekends

Peace and beautiful in winter.

“Heaven on Earth” is what I think of every time I venture out on this trail. Beautiful valley views, tons of desert flora/fauna and tons of pine trees! Simply beautiful and one of the easiest nature trails of them all.

This was my first ascent of San Jacinto peak from the west side and my first visit to Idyllwild and surrounding area. While I was not prepared for the slippery conditions where center sole crampons would have been ideal, I found the trail, forest and views to be absolutely spectacular. I'm in the process of moving to San Jacinto from a lifetime in CT and I look forward to many more day and backpacking trips to this region. The gradual climb from Humber park to the peak was moderate and very easy to follow. The few intersections are market with trail signs and distances. I hike at a comfortable pace but I also like a workout. Alone I left the car at 6:30am and was on the peak by 10:45am. This left ample time for lunch, pictures and the return trip with plenty of daylight remaining. Total hike time 8 1/4 hours. Next time I go in December I will be sure to bring along my crampons and trekking poles.

Trail was reopened on Saturday December 15th from the Mountain Fire closure. Be prepared for quite a bit of snow from the Saddle on. Trail was still easy to navigate along Caramba and the PCT juncture but once getting to the Tahquitz creek crossing things got a little tricky. Snow was about a foot deep at that point. Managed to follow the download and visualize where the trail was until about .3 miles from the peak. Since it hasn’t been maintained, the amount of snow disguises the terrain and could be quite unsafe for the inexperienced hiker.
We were the first (legal) footprints in the snow from the creek on and it was an epic experience. The views were outstanding ❤️
Red Tahquitz we’ll be back for you!!

12/14/18 You will have a better day hiking if you bring micro spikes! Patchy icy snow for first 1/2, lots of soft snow 2nd 1/2 to the top. It’s cooler so dress warm and trail tip: at Saddle Junction you must make a hard RIGHT turn (almost like a U-turn) or you will end up on the wrong trail like we did! Thanks to the AllTrails map & GPS we connected to the correct trail after 30 min! You can’t see the trails because of the snow so make sure your phone is charged so you can keep checking the AllTrail map!

Made it to about a half mile from summit. too much snow and sun goin down. Ice to saddle then powder the rest of the way made it slow but well worth it. Amazing views past saddle along ridgeline. not too strenuous. Most elevation to saddle. Will do again definitely. Make sure you get a parking pass or adventure pass. Also need permit at ranger station. Self serve. Got there at 7am on a sat. and about 6 permits were left.

just a great hike with shade and fantastic views

really like this hike, just to get out of the house for a couple of hours

Tough hike with fantastic scenery!

Such a beautiful hike all the way to lookout tower. enjoyed the hike up but decent was very hard on my knees even using my poles. Will do it again

The hike to the saddle completes most of the elevation gain. From there to Peak is flat or gradual gain. Really pretty hike. Lots and lots and lots of dogs on trail. If you get there by 7am or earlier you pretty much have the trail to top by yourself. Coming down in late morning or early afternoon and you will pass excessive amounts of people. Bathrooms at trailhead and all trails well marked. I started hike at 7am and was the only one on top. Did see 4 people coming back down. All but one spent the night camping.

Gorgeous boulders, trees and easy to boot. Great for families.

Nice hike up to the saddle from Devil's Slide. Just a short trip from here to Tahquitz Peak or a longer trek to Mt. San Jacinto. Great views of Suicide Rock going up. Don't forget to get a pass at ranger station in town. I believe this trail has a sign that says "No Dogs" but I always see lots of dogs on trail. Last time I was on her to MSJ I saw a baby rattlesnake. Great small hike.

Gorgeous hike! Stop at ranger station in town for parking permit and trail pass. Learned that hard way. Wilderness up there is just gorgeous! Saw one black rattle snake on trail near top.

Trail is closed due to damage from 2017 fires. Ranger is waiting at bottom of hike to issue warnings or tickets to anyone coming down the mountain.

Trail is beautiful but closed for all access. As we found out when got back to the car and this nice ranger waiting to ticket us. Up to $10,000 fine. Guess we lucked out with the warning.
No entry means no hiking.

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