Idyllwild Campground is located in Mount San Jacinto State Park, between Hemet and Palm Springs. The San Jacinto Mountains are well known for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which runs from near Palms Springs to an elevation of 8,500 feet near the summit of 10,834-foot San Jacinto Peak. Mount San Jacinto State Park's campgrounds and headquarters are on the west side of the mountain range, along Highway 243 and 74. Trails lead through the park's wilderness area and connect with the tramway.
Visitors to Idyllwild Campground enjoy hiking on local trails. A majority of the park is designated as wilderness. Permits to enter the wilderness are required even for day hikes.
Idyllwild Campground has 31 developed campsites. Nine sites are designated for tents only. All the rest of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A couple of those campsites have full hook-ups, while campsites 4, 5, 6, and 28 have electric hook-ups. There is also a Hike & Bike site.
Idyllwild Campground is a popular stopping place for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, even though the campground is 5.2 miles west of the trail via Devils Slide Trail. At Idyllwild Campground hikers can stay in the Hike & Bike campsite next to site #7. A restroom and shower are available for registered campers. Shower tokens are available from a machine near the campground office.
Pacific Crest Trail Information
Trail Miles Northbound from PCT Junction with Devils Slide Trail
- Marion Mountain Junction - 5.7 miles
- Deer Springs - 6.2 miles
- Fuller Ridge Trailhead - 11.1 miles
- Snow Canyon Road - 26.3 miles
- Canada Border - 2,470.6 miles
Trail Miles Southbound from PCT Junction with Devils Slide Trail
- Spitler Trail Junction - 10.8 miles
- Fobes Ranch Trail Junction - 12.9 miles
- Highway 74 (Paradise Cafe + 1 mile west) - 27.5 miles
- Mexican Border - 179.4 miles
Idyllwild and Idyllwild Campground - 5.2 miles west of the PCT via Devils Slide Trail
motels, restaurants, grocery, natural food store, laundry, Rough Riders Sporting Goods, Sam Jacinto Ranger Station, and a post office.
Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.
General Camping Information
Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
Winter conditions may require chains to reach the campground.
Designated Accessible sites in the state park are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.