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4K – Inland Empire
Mt. San Jacinto State Park

High-Country Wilderness

The summit of San Jacinto Peak stands 10,834 feet above sea level and is the second-highest mountain range in Southern California. No more than a two-hour drive from either Los Angeles or San Diego, the mountain’s magnificent granite peaks, subalpine forests, and fern-bordered mountain meadows offer a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy a scenic, high-country wilderness area. The park offers two drive-in campgrounds near the town of Idyllwild. Most of the park is a designated wilderness area enjoyed by hikers and backpackers. Mount San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness is just one of many entities that call this mountainous region home. – California State Parks Website

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Regional Info & Resources

With its inviting destinations and uncrowded wilderness, this region feels like an insider’s secret amid the bustling excitement of Southern California. Surprising alpine scenery around Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear beckons, with pine-scented trails in summer and winter sports when the snow falls. Drive along legendary Route 66 in San Bernardino County or feel the adrenaline rush of seeing the world’s best NASCAR racers compete at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Shop for bargains at Ontario Mills. For a dreamier escape, float in a hot-air balloon above rolling Temecula Valley wine country. – Visit California

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