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Wilderness Access Trail in some areas (Permit Required for wilderness sections)

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) extends 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada. Although a few marathon hikers have traveled the length in one trip, most hike the trail in sections. The San Jacinto District contains 55 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It begins 1/4 mile east of the junction of State Highways 371 and 74 in Garner Valley. It passes through the wilderness and exits north of Cabazon Peak near Interstate 10 in the desert near Palm Springs. A hiking permit is required for travel through the wilderness section. Hikers should check with the local Park Rangers to know which sections of the trail require a wilderness permit. Unless you are an experienced backpacker, and have all the proper equipment, do not attempt long sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Some short sections are good day hikes, but leave this one to the experts.

If you are ready to experience some of the most beautiful hiking the Palm Springs area has to offer, grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydroflask and get out on the trail!

Hiking Trails in Idyllwild (Click for more trails)

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.

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

For day use, most hiking trails require a wilderness permit


Mount San Jacinto State Park Information

  • Mount San Jacinto State Park Homepage

Address: 25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549