Description - Most of Mount San Jacinto State Park is wilderness, containing three mountain peaks, higher than 10,000 feet in elevation. The mountains high points offer spectacular views of nearby desert and mountain ranges.
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Mount San Jacinto State Park
- Most of Mount San Jacinto State Park is wilderness, containing three mountain peaks, higher than 10,000 feet in elevation. The mountain's high points offer spectacular views of nearby desert and mountain ranges. Visitors can ride into the park from the park's west side or ride a tram 2.5 miles up the mountain. Hikers and backpackers need wilderness permits.
For groups camping, access is limited to prevent overuse and provide everyone an opportunity for solitude. Carrying capacities have been established for the wilderness area campgrounds. These campgrounds are Round Valley, Tamarack Valley, Little Round Valley, and Strawberry Junction. On summer weekends these campgrounds fill to capacity four or more weeks in advance. It is essential that campers plan ahead to avoid being turned away on these weekends.
Recreation - This park offers hiking and backpacking with required permits. Camping is also available, contact the state park department for reservations.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.
The park is accessible via Highway 243 from Idyllwild or by tram from Palm Springs.