San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail

HARD 22 reviews

San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idyllwild, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
17.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

no dogs

Starting from the town of Idyllwild, this trail is ideal as either a long single day out and back, or a two day with overnight camping. Little Round Valley sits just below the summit, which makes a great spot to camp before a morning summit. As an alteration, take the eastern trail back down which crosses Wellman's Divide and then loops back to Strawberry Junction, making for a longer overall hike. While there is strong elevation gain and snow/ice in the colder months, this trail is very manageable, and great strength training for bigger climbs. Also shares a few miles with the PCT, be sure to say hello to the springtime thru-hikers! **Please note campsites, such as Little Round Valley, require a permit. These fill up fast in the summer so call ahead for availability. To request and obtain a permit, applications must be submitted 10-14 days in advance by mail. If you haven't done so, permits can also be obtained as a walk-in from the State Park Office in Idyllwild, but this is not a guarantee of availability.**

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Pretty tough hike. First backpacking overnight hike.

1 month ago

TOUGH! Be wary of elevation gain. It’s no joke. Great hike and great views. Completely worth the pain! Check with rangers about available water. In October there was a stream only at Little deer springs.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I would give this a 5 star if it was not for the rather boring 3,8 mile part from Deer Springs Trailhead to the PCT. I descended from the peak on the eastern route, and it was beautiful, the views all the way back to Strawberry junction were amazing! Many cool people along the route!

hiking
3 months ago

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4 months ago

camping
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5 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Lots of water on the little round valley side.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Easily the most beautiful views I've ever seen on a hike. The difficulty of this trail lies just in how long it is, and how the climb is so consistent. This hike took me 10+ hours to finish. But the views are well worth it. Highly recommended. Bring lots of water.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail. I used it as one of my prep hikes for Mt. Whitney. There's a lot of different scenery to see on this path and possibly some nice snow drifts still sitting on the north side of the mountain. I'm thinking of doing it again next weekend.

trail running
6 months ago

6 months ago

11 months ago

Loved this hike. It took us all day but the view was amazing and worth the trip. Can't wait to do it again.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

backpacking
Sunday, July 31, 2016