Hiking in Idyllwild

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Day Hikes *

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail • One-way distance = 38 miles • Elevation gain in feet = 4,000 • Highway 74, 1 mile east of Highway 371 to
Fuller Ridge Trail at Black Mountain Road

  • Strenuous hike
  • Forest Service permit required
  • Leashed dogs OK

Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail • One-way distance = 2.6 miles • Humber Park to Tahquitz View Drive

  • Easy hike
  • Leashed dogs OK

Fuller Ridge Trail • One-way distance = 7.5 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 3,000 • Black Mountain Road off Highway 243 to San Jacinto Peak

  • Strenuous hike
  • Forest Service or State Park permit required

Seven Pines Trail • One-way distance = 4 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 2,600 • Dark Canyon Road off Highway 243 to Deer Springs

  • Moderate hike
  • Forest Service or State Park permit required

Marion Mountain Trail • One-way distance = 5.9 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 4,400 • Fern Basin Road off Highway 243 to San Jacinto Peak

  • Strenuous hike
  • Forest Service or State Park permit required

Devil’s Slide Trail • One-way distance = 2.5 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 1,700 • Humber Park to Saddle Junction

  • Moderate hike
  • Forest Service permit required
  • Leashed dogs OK

Deer Springs Trail • One-way distance = 3.3 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 1,700 • Highway 243, 1 mile north of Idyllwild to Suicide Rock

  • Moderate hike
  • State Park permit required

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway • One-way distance = 1.7 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 700 • Tramway Terminal to Round Valley

  • Easy hike
  • State Park permit required

Spider Peak Trail • One-way distance = 5 miles; Elevation gain in feet = 2,800 • Apple Canyon Road off Highway 74 to Apache Peak

  • Strenuous hike
  • Leashed dogs OK

Where to Get Permits
U.S. Forest Service
54270 Pine Crest Ave.
(at Highway 243), Idyllwild
(909) 382-2921 (voice)
(951) 659-5748 (TTY)

Mt. San Jacinto State Park
25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild
(951) 659-2607

* There are no fees for permits. Permits cover up to 12 people in a group. A day-hike permit is not needed if you already have an overnight permit.

For more information on areas that require a pass, or on other vendors in your area, call the U.S. Forest Service at (909) 382-2922.

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