Marion Mountain Campground

Banning, California 92220

Marion Mountain Campground

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"From Los Angeles, the ride to Marion Mountain Campground on I-10 through the Inland Empire (also known as the Land of Swirling Gases) is an unsightly urban metropolis that never seems to end. Persevere, though, and head up CA 243 from Banning, and, in a few short minutes, you’ll be in a different world.

You’ll come up out of the chaparral into the pines and peaks. What a contrast! Marion Mountain Campground is as sunny and airy as nearby Dark Canyon Campground is dark and safe, down under sheltering trees. Between the two, you’ll see the entire spectrum of good San Jacinto tent camping."

Marion Mountain Campground Reviews

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4/10/2011
Great county park with short trails leading to longer trails. Check out Cedar Trail which starts in the park but you can hike all the way to Lake Cuyamaca (additional 5 miles each way).
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10/4/2009
This is a great campground with spacious campsites. We had a beautiful shade tree on ours, underneath which we could pitch two tents. There was an outdoor amphitheatre that we sang songs and gave speeches at, just for fun. The ranger on duty was extremely friendly. We did a loop hike off the campground and the only reason I don't give the place 5 stars is that the scenery is still quite scarred from the 2003 fires. Once the greenery fully rebounds, this place will be a five star gem. We drove into Julian both days too.
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6/16/2007
A beautiful campground with over 40 sites for tent-camping only. There are three nice hiking trails right off the campground and many others near by. We stayed on a Saturday and there was a special event by the local Astronomy Association called a star party that started with a slide show in the amphitheater and continued with viewings through this group's members telescopes. Bathrooms were clean and the campground well kept.
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7/3/2006
Good hiking and great camping. The Live Oaks lend great Northern CA feel. The wildlife are an added bonus. There are flocks of Rio Grande turkeys roaming the park. Near the edge of the campground is the Wolf Sanctuary in Julian, so you can hear wolves howling in the evening!
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Trail Information

Banning
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
24
Campsites
May–mid-October
Season
Hiking
Additional Use
909-382-2921, www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf
Local Contacts
$10-$19
Fees per Night
Water, pit toilets.
Facilities