South Fork San Jacinto Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the South Fork San Jacinto Wilderness in 2009 and it now has a total of 20,217 acres.

The South Fork San Jacinto Wilderness contains lush groves of big-cone Douglas fir, willow, and cottonwood. The rich streamside woodlands are a popular hiking destination, and home to mountain lion, mule deer, mountain quail, southern spotted owl, and bald eagle.

Campfires are not allowed.  Gas stoves are allowed with a free California Campfire Permit.  Please practice Leave no Trace ethics while visiting this wilderness area.  

South Fork Trail (2E17) is moderately strenuous trail that descends from Highway 74, trailhead elevation 3800 ft., to the South Fork of the San Jacinto River. The trail then ascends to 4600 ft. at Rouse Ridge Road (5S15). Park at the Caltrans cinder bin turnout on Highway 74, west of Mountain Center. The trail provides access to fishing at the River.

For more information, please contact:
Idyllwild Ranger Station
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(909) 382-2921