San Jacinto Loop

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San Jacinto Loop is a 18 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
18.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

From Highway 243 south of Idyllwild Ranger Station, turn northeast on Circle Dr. Drive 0.7 Miles to a four-way stop, turn right on South Circle Dr. Make the first left onto Fern Valley Rd. Proceed 1.8 miles to large Humber Park Trailhead at the end of the road.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this loop over 2 days. Day 1, I was on trail heading up Devil's Slide by 10:30am. Its a pretty unrelenting uphill walk and later in the year (I did it in October) there's not much water around so you'll need to carry a bit more. Linked up with the PCT at Saddle Junction and headed west in a clockwise direction. Ended up in a campground named Thunder View at 4:30pm. On trail again by 8am and summited San Jacinto Peak. It was all downhill from there and a beautiful walk. Back at Humber parking lot by 2pm. Overall some of the best wilderness hiking southern california has to offer. Can't wait to go back!