People come to Idyllwild for many different reasons, but fresh air and amazing scenery are probably right up there at the top of most lists. When visiting Idyllwild, make sure you take advantage of everything it has to offer, including our seemingly endless hiking trails in the surrounding high country.

Whether a beginner or experienced hiker, Idyllwild has a trail for you. Dogs and horses are welcome on many of our local trails. Please check with the Forest Service for details.

Before hitting the trails, make sure you are properly prepared. Always check the weather report and pack accordingly. Never hike without telling someone where you are going and when you expect to be back and make sure you hike with the Ten Essentials: map and compass, sunscreen, extra food and water, extra clothing, headlamp, first aid kit, knife, fire starter and matches.

Hiking with your children is a great way to spend time together as a family. Let them dictate the speed of the hike and don’t be concerned about the final destination in as much as just being together in the great outdoors.

Due to late season snowstorms this year, our high country has an abundance of creeks and streams that should flow all summer long, making any hike that much more enjoyable.

John Muir compared the Idyllwild high country to that of the majestic Sierra Nevadas. Find a trail that interests you and I think you will agree.