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Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California Map

Gorgeous hike! Lots of shade, and epic views. MUST HAVE TRAIL PERMIT AND ADVENTURE PASS to hike this trail and park. You can get the free trail pass at the Ranger Station in Idyllwild and also purchase parking passes for $5 there. They limit the trail passes to 30 per day so get it early! You can list 12 people per pass. Enjoy!!!

Great overnighter! We hit the Mt. San Jacinto Peak also in this trip adding 4 miles. We chose to ascend up the Willow Creek Creek Trail (recently opened up after 5 years, due to fire) essentially doing the trail "backwards". The slope is bit more forgiving with the same amount of elevation gain. Camped at round Valley campground (don't forget your permits, for the State campground and Wilderness pass for Forest land, rangers checking) water not a guarantee here) then summited in the morning, descending the PCT afterwards.

Mar 25, I Just did this loop for my 2nd time. One of my absolute favorites
beautiful scenery good terrain. I recommend crampons if you plan on doing this anytime before may. lows here in the teens at round valley camp.

9 months ago

I think this is my favorite backpacking excursion yet! I did this run in 3 Days, 2 Nights. Entered the deer springs trail out of Idyllwild and took the clockways route, hitting the west side first. First night at Little Round Valley. 6 campsites there. I stayed at #3 but 1 and 5 looked cool too. I recommend these sites because I did this trip in early December and at these sites, the sun sets the latest and rises the earliest getting maximum hours of sun. It was pretty cold after the sun went down into the 30’s. Next morning I reached the peak. If you don’t want too much traffic, I recommend leaving early to avoid people from the tram. Heading down the east side, once I passed the tram, I only passed one group. Ooh, about a mile south of the tram was where I refilled on water. This was the heaviest water flow of the whole trail. I stayed at Strawberry Campground the 2nd night. Only 3 spots here and pretty far off the trail. The next day finished it off and all downhill making it a nice ending to my trip.

11 months 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!

Excellent hike for Mt. Whitney preparedness.

4 months ago

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