Trail Information

Use these maps, regulations and information to help inform yourself about your trip.

Please note: due to fire closures, overnight camping is only available in the Chinquapin Zone. Please check with the Idyllwild Ranger Station for current trail closures. (909) 382-2922

Wilderness Map & Zones

Wilderness Regulations

San Jacinto Mountain Trails (topographic)

Trails and Trailheads Map

Mountain Fire Closure Map

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.

The trail conditions listed here are not comprehensive. if you have a question concerning current conditions please contact the U.S.Forest Service Ranger office at (909) 382-2922

Current trail conditions notes:

  • Due to the Mountain Fire, several Wilderness Trails have been subject to closure. Please contact the Idyllwild Ranger Station for a current list of available trails. (909) 382-2922 View the closure order and map on the USFS website
  • Due to Wilderness and Safety issues, the Ernie Maxwell (Scenic) trail  in Idyllwild is now closed to mountain bikers-it remains open to hikers and equestrians.
  • Please bring a filter if you plan on drinking from any body of water in the wilderness. Please keep in mind that due to drought conditions there is a severe shortage of water sources in the high country. Plan accordingly.


Fire Restrictions Increase on San Bernardino National Forest
Release Date: Jun 17, 2014  
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 17, 2014 – As the seasonal fire danger rises, forest officials are increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest, Thursday, June 19, 2014.
As California’s three year drought continues, the forest has experienced below average winter snow and rainfall.  During the spring, we experienced several Santa Ana wind events along with warm, dry weather, leading to drier fuel conditions.   The seasonal weather outlook predicts temperatures above normal and low humidity, which could create the potential for large fires. 

With the current and forecasted conditions, forest officials are taking steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness.  Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and increased restrictions are designed to reduce wildland fires.
Forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest and maintain a higher level of awareness with the increased fire risk. Travelers through the Forest should remain on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass. 

“With the dry weather, we ask the public's help to prevent destructive wildfires” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.  “We want visitors to enjoy their public lands, but use common sense in the process.”

Fire restrictions and guidelines effective Thursday June 19, 2014 on the San Bernardino National Forest are as follows:Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves.

  • Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at Yellow Post campsites.
  • Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of all developed recreation sites.
  • Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting.
  • An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles.
  • Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The US Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions. Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law.  Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.

Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions. (909) 382-2922