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Idyllwild Park Trail

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Idylwild Park

Idyllwild Park Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 301 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
bugs
rocky
8 days ago

Sweet trail to go on. Good amount of bugs. Rocky and a bit shady from the trees. Go early in the mornin. Does get warm in the sun, with some okay steepness.

hiking
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

we did this hike March 16th and it was fun. we kind of found it by accident walking through the Idyllwild park and campground when everything was closed because of COVID-19. we saw the sign for perimeter trail in the campground then the sign for hillside trail so we went on hillside trail to summit trail then we went back down after we got to the summit.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
3 months ago

We did the Summit offshoot and it was fun and a little bit scrambly for the kid.

hiking
4 months ago

Not enough signs. $6 per person to get in

hiking
icy
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

nature trips
fee
5 months ago

Cool trail to start Idyllwild nature trips. Incredible views and fun boulders to climb. Good for those just wanting to pass through for a quick hike of Idyllwild’s fantastic scenery.

6 months ago

Excellent hike! Would recommend for moderate level hikers, families, and dogs.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

Amazing view on top!

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

there's a variety of trails that are relatively easy. don't miss the viewpoint at the nature center. do not take the centennial trail loop unless you are fit (steep) and know where you're going. there are trail markings but it's not on the map so I had to climb back. in general perimiter trail is a little too close to civilization (you can hear cars etc) but it's still quite nice.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is not well marked, so there was a lot of guessing along the way. We were fine, but not ideal. The views are really pretty at the top, but the start isn’t very scenic. There’s some prettier hikes in the area that seem more worth it. It’s a good length, so that’s a plus!

hiking
rocky
Fri May 31 2019

some shady spots and some large cleared areas with great views. secluded but short enough for a 1 hourish hike.

Tue May 07 2019

good hike, summit and hillside trail good inclines, foggy didnt get all the great views, would definitely do again so much to explore

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

This review is for the perimeter trail/summit trail/hillside trail lollypop in these same trails behind the nature center, ~3 mi total. Great bang for your buck hike if you want a little bit of uphill but not too much. Beautiful views of the valley and taquiz peak with only a few hundred feet of climbing to get there. $4 day use fee for the area, well worth it.

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

Good starting trail, pretty close to camp so you're never away from it all but nice trail and pretty scenery!

hiking
rocky
washed out
Tue Apr 02 2019

hiking
snow
Mon Feb 18 2019

Deep snow, Maia was struggling.

hiking
Thu Dec 13 2018

Just to say that I found the AllTrails map for this hike not as useful as in their other maps of hiking trails that I have used. It differs in ways from the Map and Trail Guide I got at the Nature Center and, where they differed, the Nature Center’s map was more accurate.

walking
Mon Nov 19 2018

I have been here so many times. Lot's of different ways to walk in nature with or without kids. Love the trees and the rocks, in all seasons! Pay day-use fees to get in or park a few blocks away and walk in.

hiking
Wed Jun 20 2018

This is a great trail from the park to the Idylwild nature center with great views. Our Ham radio club goes every Friday to get out of the heat and enjoy the nature

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