Fuller Ridge Trail – Moderate to Strenuous 14.5 miles round trip
The Fuller Ridge Trail is actually part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Starting at almost 7600 ft., it follows the high, timbered ridge above Snow Creek and the trail offers spectacular views of the desert. The trail skips from one side of the ridge to the other affording stunning views of the Coachella Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains to the north and east or the San Jacinto Valley to the southwest. The north face of San Jacinto peak provides a great backdrop for much of the ridge. The trail joins the Deer Springs Trail, at an elevation of about 9200 ft., where it turns into a strenuous hike as it proceeds 2.5 miles to San Jacinto Peak (10,804 ft.). Recommended season is June-October.
Access from Black Mt. Road (4S01), a forest road, is usually closed from November-May.
Trailhead: Take the 243 from either Banning or Idyllwild, drive until you reach Black Mountain road. Turn East onto the dirt road. The road is unmaintained and it is rutted and rough and is best suited for high-clearance vehicles, however you should be able to make it with a low-clearance vehicle if you take your time, but of course use common sense and don’t try to pass if the road is too rough for your vehicle. Follow the road for 8 miles to the turnoff for the Fuller Ridge trail road (signed.) Drive to the parking area and the posts for the Pacific Crest Trail should be easy to find.
A Forest Service Adventure pass is required for parking at the trailhead and wilderness permits (free) are required for both the National Forest and the State Park Wildernesses. (See below for locations to purchase the National Forest Adventure Pass.)
The San Jacinto mountains offer about 275 miles of trails that are varied enough to appeal to the novice yet are sufficiently challenging for the advanced hiker.
Some hiking trails are located in the 35,000 acre San Jacinto Wilderness area managed by the US Forest Service. Other trails are within the 10,000 acre Mt San Jacinto State Wilderness, administered by Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking at the trailhead and wilderness permits (free) are required for both the National Forest and the State Park Wildernesses. Wilderness permits are available at no cost from the San Jacinto State Park headquarters on Highway 243 or at the Idyllwild Ranger Station at Highway 243 and Pine Crest Drive.
You can also purchase the National Forest Adventure Pass at many Big 5 Sporting Goods store locations, or at many other locations in both in Idyllwild and the Coachella Valley. There is a daily pass which will cost you $5, or you can buy a yearly pass for $30. When purchasing the yearly pass you can also purchase a Secondary Vehicle pass for an additional $5, which is worth it if you are going with several people in two vehicles. For more information on the National Forest Recreation pass click here.
For day use, most hiking trails require a wilderness permit
Mount San Jacinto State Park Information
Address: 25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549