North Fork San Jacinto River

Banning, California 92220

North Fork San Jacinto River

North Fork San Jacinto River Professional Review and Guide

"This trip is more of a saunter than a hike, a place to contemplate the gifts of the natural world and brie?y forget civilization’s tribulations. The area is of special biological interest as well since it is one of the last remaining populated habitats in the San Bernardino National Forest for the federally endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. This frog was historically one of the most common frogs in Southern California and used to be found in virtually every year-round stream in the mountains, but has declined in 99% of its range in the last couple of decades.

Due to the presence of this sensitive species and others, the Forest Service asks visitors to avoid wading, rock hopping, fishing, and engaging in other water play within 10 feet of the creek edge. Watch for posted signs in the area with the latest information or check with the Idyllwild Ranger Station. Wear boots with good tread and ankle support."

More North Fork San Jacinto River Professional Reviews and Guides

"The San Jacinto River is fed by small springs dotting the upper reaches of the mountain, which coalesce and flow down the west side. By the time it reaches Highway 243, it has grown into a modest but dependable stream tumbling down between boulders. In the springtime, the banks are lined with wildflowers. Water-loving trees hug the edge, while oaks, incense cedars, and pines grow tall on the slopes above. This part of the river is a great place to take a saunter while visiting the Idyllwild area. Although this is a short hike, it becomes strenuous near the end because the trail can be steep and poorly defined. Wear boots with good traction."

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Trail Information

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400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
San Jacinto Peak (7.5-minute), San Jacinto Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
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