USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 9 miles west of Palm Springs, 112 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||San Jacinto Peak 7½|
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: San Jacinto Peak, Cornell Peak, Jean Peak, Marion Mountain
ROUTE 3 - Marion Mtn. Trail
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 9.5 miles round trip
- Gain: 4200'
- Time: 6-7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, strenuous
Original: Sandy Sperling, 2008
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- Take I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243 to Idyllwild). Turn right at end of off-ramp. Note odometer and go as follows:
- At 0.2 mile, turn left.
- At 0.7 mile, turn right on to San Gorgonio Avenue.
- At 1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
- Drive south on SR 243 for 19 miles to a junction with a paved road, Azalea Trail (NF-4S02).
- Turn left and proceed 1.6 miles to a wide dirt parking area just before the Marion Mountain Campground entrance. Trailhead is signed "Marion Mtn Trail." Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 3
- From the parking area (6300'), proceed east up the very steep Marion Mountain Trail to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2 miles.
- Turn left. In 1/4 mile meet the junction with the trail to Deer Springs Camp.
- Turn right. In about 1 mile meet a junction on the left with the Fuller Ridge Trail.
- Go right, leaving the PCT. Proceed 1 1/2 miles to Little Round Valley (9600').
- Continue through the campground and begin the switchbacks toward Mt San Jacinto. After a couple of switchbacks, at about 10,000' elevation, leave the trail and head north up the gully. Stay on the east side of the gully to avoid dense brush.
- Continue up to the western saddle at the top of the gully.
- Continue to the west end of the ridge, which is the summit.