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The Ultimate Guide to Idyllwild Adventure

Perched in the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is a alpine escape for outdoor enthusiasts looking for mountain trails and climbing.

There are so many things to do in Idyllwild, California, it's hard to know where to start. This idyllic Southern California mountain town - pardon the pun - offers a rich bounty of rockclimbing crags, mountaineering peaks and trails for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Located in the rugged San Jacinto Mountains, it's hard to believe Idyllwild is just couple of hours of Los Angeles and San Diego.

This guide offers a general introduction to the Idyllwild-Pine Cove area, including tips for getting started on your adventures, including lodging, camping, trails and climbing areas.

Table of Contents:

  1. Getting Oriented
  2. Idyllwild Camping
  3. Idyllwild Hiking Trails
  4. Idyllwild Mountain Biking Trails
  5. Idyllwild Climbing Areas

Getting Oriented

Idyllwild sits at an elevation of 5,400 feet in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County, within Cleveland National Forest. The town is flanked by two rocky crags, Tahquitz Peak and Suicide Rock, which are iconic Southern California rock climbing destinations.

Idyllwild, and its neighboring towns, Pine Cove and Fern Valley, are mountain destinations year-round for Southern Californians looking to escape the lower-elevation heat in the summer or take in the (often) snow covered mountains in winter. The areas is popular playground for climbers, hikers and mountain bikers.

In contrast to the desert and chapparel of lower elevations of SoCal, the Idyllwild area, known generally as "the Hill" by locals, is dominated by ponderosa pine forests. A great way to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area is to visit the Idyllwild Nature Center, located one mile northwest of town on Highway 243.

Idyllwild Camping

There are quite a few options for camping in Idyllwild, from developed state park campgrounds to backcountry camping in San Bernadino Forest. Below is a list of campgrounds. For more details click on the link for a campground or browse our complete guide to Idyllwild camping

Mount San Jacinto State Park Campgrounds

Idyllwild Campground

Stone Creek Campground

San Bernardino National Forest Campgrounds

Fern Basin Campground

Marion Mountain Campground

Dark Canyon Campground

Black Mountain Group Campground

Boulder Basin Campground

Riverside County Campgrounds

Idyllwild Regional Park Campground

Hurkey Creek Park Campground

McCall Memorial Equestrian Campground

Idyllwild Hiking Trails

Trails near Idyllwild

Deer Springs Trail

Suicide Rock Trail

Marion Mountain Trail

The 11.8-mile Marion Mountain Trail is the shortest route up the mountain, but is also quite strenuous in areas. Views from the peak extend to the ocean and across the Palm Desert, as well as the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains on a clear day.

Black Mountain Truck Trail

Idyllwild Mountain Biking Trails

Idyllwild is home to The Hub Trails network, offering everything from beginner cruises to white-knuckle downhill runs that will appease gnar hounds.

For convenience, variety and quality of trials, Idyllwild offers some best mountain biking and hiking trails in Southern California.

Located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside, Idyllwild is home to a large hiking and mountain biking trail network, known as The Hub Trails, offering everything from beginner cruises to white-knuckle downhill runs that will appease gnar hounds.

The trail network is easily accessible from town and is the main zone for people looking to sample the flavor of trails in Idyllwild.

Idyllwild Climbing Areas

Guide Details

General Location

Coordinates: 33.746866, -116.715259
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Getting There

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