Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

HARD 166 reviews

Marion Mountain to San Jacinto is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4402 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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. Calories and water count. If there's a hint of bad weather, make sure you are prepared for it with at least a windbreaker and 10 essentials. You need to get a permit to enter the San Jacinto Wilderness. Get it from the station in Idyllwild. If you can't get a permit for the hike, Marion Mountain Campground might be a way to sideline the 9 to 5 type restriction on permitting. If you get a campsite pass, you are supposed to be able to hike the Forest as well. You will still need a State pass for the area after about a mile and a half on the trail going up the mountain... Get both, or just stay at a campground and then get the State pass. There are several routes up San Jacinto. Most people take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up from the desert floor and begin their journey in Long Valley. The lesser-travelled Marion Mountain trail skips the tram, beginning a few miles north of Idyllwild. It's the shortest route up Mt. San Jacinto. It's also steep, relentlessly climbing over 4,000 feet in under 6 miles.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great tough hike! Not much to add as all the previous reviews are accurate. 13.5 miles hike starting at the parking lot, although the posted signs seems to be not very accurate with the distance, its longer than posted signs according to my gps. Most of the hike is in the shades. If you are mentally prepared, coming down wont seem as endless (thanks for one of the reviews). I consumed 2.5L of my 4L water. Enjoy this beautiful hike. Grab your permit, the ranger station is some 7-8 miles down the road on 243 highway. 6hrs going up and 4hrs coming down for us.

1 month ago

Did this yesterday. Beautiful awesome hike. trail sign says 5 1/4 miles, but my gps said 6.1 miles. hot at the bottom. cool and light rain at the top. such a beautiful alpine area.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the hike today, July 16. Started around 7am and reached the peak around 10:30am. Was certainly a tough hike, both up and down, but well worth it. The views up top and along the way were fantastic. Lightly traveled and the temps started in the low 70s and topped out in the mid 80s. There are 2 ways to go and the Tram start would be much easier for sure. The hike took up pretty much the whole day and I need all of my 3L of water. I will certainly do it again, but it will be awhile.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago