Summary: Closed as of 11/24/06-Reopening TBA
For those interested in a short "warm up" hike before heading out to the grand, steep, and expansive trails within the vicinity of Idyllwild, the
Stone Creek Nature Trail is just the ticket. Considered "moderately strenuous" by the author(s) of trail brochure available at the trailhead (the experienced hiker would consider this trail more "moderate" than many other trails in the vicinity), one is assured of a typically steep uphill/downhill journey through stunning groves of manzanita, oaks, pines, and ferns. The area is magnificently green and fragrant, and for those who are interested in learning to identify indigenous flora, the trail is well-signed to coordinate with the provided brochure. Approximately one-third of the way into the hike, a sign steers you to the left to continue along the nature trail, or, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous and have the time, you can turn right to continue on to Sawmill Flats.
Trailhead: On Highway 243, travel northwest from the city of Idyllwild to the signed turnoff (right) for the Stone Creek State Campground (approximately across the street from the Alandale Forest Service Station). The trailhead is located between campsites 7 and 9-look for a small state "trail" sign, and then look for a display of trail guides on a sign post postioned at the trailhead. Day use fee is required.
Trail Guides for Stone Creek-Closed as of 11/24/06-Re-Opening TBA:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Mount San Jacinto State Park-(951) 659-2607
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Patricia Barnes, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Patricia Barnes on 11/24/2006
I was just notified today by a State Park Ranger that this trail (which has been listed on the localhikes website for approximately one to one-and-one-half years) is presently closed for repairs. I asked that I be informed as to when the trail will be re-opened, at which time I will announce the re-opening in the hike write-up. In the meantime, be aware as to whether or not a sign is posted at the fee collection box or at the trailhead as to whether or not the trail is open for public access.
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