Idyllwild Park Trail

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

2.0 miles
301 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




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.

3 days ago

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.

27 days ago

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.

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

Nice easy trail

Monday, November 27, 2017

Started at the Idyllwild Nature Center, beautiful day and hike. There were many trail choices, the Nature Center is a definite must see. $4 per adult, and well worth it! I wish I had bought some of the jewelry for sale there, I will go back soon.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Please note that this trail is inside a county park and requires an entrance fee of $6 per person.

We did a short hike up to the Nature Center and back. It's a fairly easy hike, but be prepared for lots of bugs (we went early September).

The Nature Center is nice with a few displays on local wildlife and the Cahuille Native American tribe.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

charges $6 per person to hike 2 miles.

Monday, May 01, 2017

We took the Hillside, Nature and Perimeter trails. The vistas were gorgeous. There were other people there, but it was not crowded. My husband is in excellent physical condition (ultra marathoner) and he enjoyed working muscles that he doesn't usually use but he was hardly winded. I, on the other hand, am just getting into shape and it was a good workout for me. The Summit trail is rated as hard so we will do that when I am ready. Some of the parts of the trail are well shaded while others get direct sun. There is a stream with flowing water (maybe not by the end of the summer) and at the top, a view of Lake Hemet in the distance. We will definitely be back.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We took perimeter to hillside to summit. Very beautiful trails, not a lot a traffic .

Monday, January 16, 2017

We took the perimeter to hillside trail from the nature center through the park. Scenic views of the mountains and a creek for the dogs to play in. It was a pretty easy hike.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Great for kids

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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:

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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Great hike, Beautiful views, quite a workout for just 4 miles!

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