Our Beautiful Forest
The San Bernardino National Forest is a jewel in Southern California. Please follow all rules and regulations to keep this forest pristine. If you have any questions please contact the Idyllwild U.S. Forest Service.
PREPARE: get PERMITS & know REGULATIONS
WILDERNESS PERMIT INFORMATION
What permits do I need for my trip?
1. Wilderness Visitor Permit: This is a free permit that helps us manage the number of visitors, have a record of visitors for safety in case of fire or other emergency, and preserve the nature of the wilderness. Help us in these efforts by picking up a free permit at the self service kiosk outside of the Forest Service Ranger Station in Idyllwild or request a permit in advance (allow 1 week notice).
Please have a copy of your permit on your person during your visit to the San Jacinto Wilderness. If your party splits up during your visit each person should have a copy of your permit. USFS permits are issued for groups up to 12 people. A separate permit is needed for each trip. You may be asked by a U.S. Forest Service representative to see your permit while traveling in the wilderness.
For more information, read "Why do I need a Wilderness Visitor Permit?"
NOTE: In order to prevent excessive impact on wildlife and wilderness resources, Devil's Slide Trail has a limit on the number of weekend permits issued during the peak summer season from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
2. Adventure Pass: If you will be parking at Humber Park, Lake Hemet, Lake Fulmor or Fuller Mill Creek, you will need to pick up an Adventure Pass for your vehicle. You can either buy a day pass at the Forest Service Ranger Station in downtown Idyllwild for $5, or a year pass for $30 with a second car included for only an additional $5.
Need an overnight Permit?
Please use the Wilderness Visitor’s Permit Application and fax it to 951-659-2107.
Fire and other restrictions change on a seasonal and in some cases, a daily basis. Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions.
Questions? Call the Idyllwild Forest Service Ranger Station at (909) 382-2921.
PLAN: know TRAILS and FOREST CONDITIONS
Use these maps and information to help inform yourself about your trip. The Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail and all wilderness trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, are open to hikers and equestrians only - no bicycles or wheeled conveyances allowed.
Wilderness Map & Camping Zones
Please note: Areas for camping in the San Jacinto Wilderness are restricted due to the 2013 Mountain Fire, inquire at the Idyllwild Ranger Station about the closures before obtaining an overnight permit.
Mountain Fire Closure Order and Map
Due to the Mountain Fire, several Wilderness Trails have been subject to closure. Please contact the Idyllwild Ranger Station at (909) 382-2921 for a current list of available trails.
The trail conditions listed here are not comprehensive. if you have a question concerning current conditions please contact the Idyllwild Forest Service office at (909) 382-2921.
BE SAFE: Learn about wildlife awareness and safe practices
Don't forget your 10 essentials!
You should always be fully prepared for your trip with the 10 essentials of hiking and backpacking.
When you head out on a hike, it's best to be prepared with the proper information and important essentials for your trip. Keep in mind that weather and temperatures can vary unexpectedly throughout the day, and conditions might not be what you had originally prepared for. Please remember to bring enough water and clothing. You are responsible for your own well-being.
Please bring a filter if you plan on drinking from any body of water in the wilderness. Keep in mind that due to drought conditions there is a severe shortage of water sources in the high country. Plan accordingly.
Preserve: Practice "Leave No Trace" Principles
Help sustain healthy, vibrant natural lands for all people to enjoy, now and into the future. Every person who ventures outside should put Leave No Trace practices into action.
The Leave No Trace Seven Principles
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
To learn more, visit the Leave No Trace website.
Copyright 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org