Seven Pines Trail – MODERATELY STRENUOUS 4 miles
The Seven Pines Trail follows the North Fork of the San Jacinto River to its headwater at Deer Springs. This trail is heavily forested with numerous switchbacks. The beginning elevation is 6,320 feet, with an elevation change of 2,300 feet to the junction with the Deer Springs Trail. Drive through Dark Canyon Campground to get to the trailhead; the campground access road is normally closed October-May. Beginning elevation is about 6320 ft., with an elevation change of 23W ft. to the junction of Deer Springs Trail.
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.)
Directions from Idyllwild, CA: Take Highway 243 north from Idyllwild to Forest Road 4S03. Turn right (north) and follow it past Dark Canyon Campground to the trailhead; the campground access road is normally closed from October to May.
Normally Open: June through October (NOTE: Recommended season is from June to October. As the access Road is usually closed from November to May.).
Beginning Elevation: 6,320 Feet (1970.1 Meters)
Elevation Gain, One-way: 2,300 Feet (717.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,620 Feet (2687.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Spring to Fall
Hydration Packs, HydroFlasks & Hiking Tips
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What do I carry? Well both, because I like having lots of water on a hiking outing. And don’t forget to check out this list of hiking tips for some of the other essential items you should always have when out hiking.
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.
Mount San Jacinto State Park Information
Address: 25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549