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.

Adventure Pass

An Adventure Pass may be required in order to park vehicles on some Forest Service lands. A day pass costs $5, a yearly costs $30 and a second-vehicle pass costs $5. Holders of an Interagency Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass or Interagency Access Pass, do not need an Adventure Pass.
Businesses that sell the Adventure Pass in or near the San Jacinto Ranger District are: Idyllwild Chevron, Idyllwild Ranger Station, Idyllwild Shell, The Market Place at Pine Cove and Lake Hemet Market.

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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