San Jacinto Peak Middle Route Trail is a 16 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length16.0 miElevation gain4,343 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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The route begins at Humber Park in Idyllwild. A parking permit is required at a fee of $5 and can be obtained at the parking area or at the ranger station. A wilderness pass is also required between Memorial Day and Labor Day as there is a trail quota for the Devil Slide Trail. There is not a fee for the wilderness pass but they are limited in number so arrive early at the ranger station. They typically open at 8am on most weekdays and weekends (check their website). If you're a dog person, take note. Dogs are allowed on a number of the trails but are not allowed on State Park Land (which is about the top third of this route and includes the peak). This is a long hike- place for about 10 hours at a brisk pace.

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Kyle Smith
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great!

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David Wolfe
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HikingGreat!Snow

Did this hike on 3/29/21 - It was a stunning hike with beautiful views along ever turn. I didn't need microspikes until mile 3 going up, or about 8200 feet in elevation. After that there was still a lot of snow on the trail up to the summit. I could have easily done this hike in shorts and a T-shirt as well. It was warm and sunning the entire time. Coming back down the snow was softer and I definitely fell into big snow bank up to my hips several times. Still would totally recommend this hike if you're prepared to go slower in snowy conditions.

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Mike Clarken
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A true five stars for setting and scenery and variety, but this hike was super tough in snow. Spikes most of the day, and the return down towards Little Round Valley was mostly “winter route” which meant just dropping straight down the steepest side of the mountain. Great way to cover more trail if you can get a ride at one end or the other - or you could complete the loop and connect via Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail.

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Pierre Olivier
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Amazing hike - route was snow covered from 2200m upwards (from 7,500 ft). Poles would have been helpful on the descent. left early from Idylwild, almost no one on trail. Fabulous views!

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Matt Hanlon
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Started with headlamp and microspikes at 5:30am. It had snowed an inch or so overnight so had good traction, made great time through the first three miles. Switched to crampons about the 4 or 5 mile mark when the snow got a little deeper- snow shoes would have been great. The east facing ridge after you go over the saddle but before you get to the long switchback below the summit was the deepest snow and slowest section. I postholed a fair amount on that side which slowed me down. Pretty solid amount of snow going up to the summit but fortunately it was cold enough that I was able to get decent traction, except when I lost the trail. It’s steep but doable. If you hit this section in full sun, expect slow going. As other reviews mention definitely stick to the existing snow tracks to avoid post holing. I summited around 10am. Visibility wasn’t great up top (I got snowed or hailed on for a good portion of the final 3 miles) but the trail was still pretty easy to find again when I lost it and wind wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Clouds cleared on the way down and spring was in full force- incredible views! That east ridge section was about as slow going the other way as it was going up. Otherwise it was smooth sailing heading back to the parking lot- i made it back to the car a little before 1. I kept a pretty solid pace when I could but with the snow trudge it was a full 7-hour hike. Definitely come prepared for all the elements and you’ll have a great time.

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Mimette Baasen
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Tommy Durso
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Hiking

Great trail, it can be steep at times but it was fun. Bring lots of water of you're doing it in the summer.

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Kayla Brown
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December 25, 2020. Summit number 7. Microspikes needed on a couple of sections.

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Kayla Brown
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December 25, 2020. Summit number 7. Microspikes needed on a couple of sections.

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Sam Bages
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Hiker Norm
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Susan Goodley
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Snow and ice for the last 4 miles to the top. Trail is still in great shape. Perfect day!

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louise Symington
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VK Morgan
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Great trail. Microspikes definitely recommend due to icy packed snow, but no deep or fresh snow. Great parking at the trailhead, but pit toliets were closed for “health reasons” but I don’t think it was a COVID closure maybe they need them pumped out or something.

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Travis Bianchi
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Trail was empty and icy in a couple of spots. Great view

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Amy Laichareonsup
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A small group of us set out to hike from Devil’s Slide Trailhead in Humber Park to San Jacinto Summit for Autism Awareness on Black Friday, November 27, 2020. The trailhead was clear of snow. Patches of snow began at Saddle Junction with the heaviest collection along the switchbacks. Sun exposed slopes were clear of snow. Spikes were helpful along the snowy, icy sections. It was very slippery, at times. A good amount of snow toward the summit as well but not too hard to maneuver. It was a gusty day with 10-25 mph winds, temperatures in the 30°s at the summit. (There’s a new summit sign at the top.) As always, a beautiful hike.

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Cesar Barragan
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jerry stephenson
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trail had snow on north slopes. bring microspikes and bivy gear this time of year.

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Mike Vesser
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Beautiful trail. A nice compromise between steepness of Marion Mountian Trail and the length of the peak loop trail. But, as of yesterday, I was postholing in deep snow on the trail on some parts above the trail junction and slopping through slush on rest of trail. Only a few patches of trail were snow free. Bring spikes. I Some parts were very slick. With the snow melt, water is available near Wellmans Cienega.

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David Pugh
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Snow packed at 8000 feet. Trails we're in good condition. Didn't summit but made it to 10000 feet. Snow caused some delays but overall a good hike.

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Sam Bages
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Scott Shultz
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