Hiking California State Parks

Mt. San Jacinto State Park offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway less than a mile to Long Valley. In Long Valley there are picnic tables, Ranger Station, flush toilets and some easy trails.

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Long Valley Discovery Trail: Follow the nature trail posts around a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop. This easy level trail provides an excellent introduction to the Park's plants and animals.

Desert View Trail: A 1.5 mile (2 km) loop trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views. Short climbs, moderately strenuous.

Round Valley: A 2.5 miles of trail leads to picturesque Round Valley. Fairly level trails, short climbs, moderately strenuous.

Wellmans Divide: From Round Valley to Wellmans Divide is a 1-mile hike with a 600 feet elevation gain. The view from here is truly spectacular. Looking west you can see the dome of the Palomar Observatory and to the southwest Tahquitz Peak Lookout. From this point you can continue down to Idyllwild or up to the Mt. San Jacinto Peak. Elevation gain, strenuous.

San Jacinto Peak: This is a 5.5 mile hike one way will take you to the second highest point in southern California. On clear days it is reported that you can see Catalina Island or the glow from Las Vegas at night.

Hiking Couple

For your comfort always wear sturdy closed toe shoes, layered comfortable clothing, hat and sunscreen. A light jacket in spring and early summer and for fall and winter a heavy jacket and gloves is a good idea, along with appropriate waterproof shoes. Water is only available at the Ranger Station. Bring your own water if you are traveling further. Stay on designated trails only.

The State Park will charge $5 per person for camping permits. There is no fee for day hiking permits at this time.


Summer Activities


Handicap Accessible

The Valley Station, Mountain Station and Tram Cars are handicap accessible.


  • Wilderness Permit is required for any backpacking or hiking in the Wilderness. Requests for advance permit may be made in person or in writing. No phone or fax requests can be accepted.

  • Campers must have a permit from the agency in whose area they are camping; day hikers may use a State or Federal Permit.

  • Camping is permitted only in designated campgrounds in the State Wilderness.

  • Cans, Bottles, Foil must be packed out. Never bury your refuse. Everything must be packed out.

  • No smoking is permitted on trails.

  • All plant and animal life are protected by State and Federal laws. Do not remove or disturb them.

  • No pets allowed in the State Park.

  • Stay on trails.

  • Campers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Please note: Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult of 21 years or older to ride the Tramway.


For more information on hiking and camping in the State Park please call (951) 659-2607 or click here. For recorded trail conditions please call (760) 327-0222.