Ernie Maxwell Trail - Idyllwild in San Jacinto Mtns

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It's Easter (and I have a 3-day weekend). I thought a beautiful hike in the mountains would be nice. Please consider joining me!

Length: about 2 ½ miles one way (five miles round trip).

Difficulty: Easy

Hike Type: Out and Back

NOTE: A Forest Service Adventure pass is required for parking at the trailhead. You can purchase an Adventure Pass at any local Sports Chalet or Big 5 stores, or any Ranger Station. Copy and paste this link in your browser, to go to this website, where you can either order by mail or find a location near you, by simply choosing your city name in the list:

Of all the trails in the area of Idyllwild's Humber Park, the Ernie Maxwell trail is one of the least difficult. Therefore, it is well suited to hiking novices and families. The trail is well marked, heavily traveled, with a total elevation gain of only about 300 feet. You will hike from the trailhead to the end of the trail, which is a dirt road, at that point turn around and return the way you came.

Since you will be facing the other way on the return trip, you will probably notice things on the way back you didn’t notice before. If you are like me, an average hiker who takes the time to stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the mountains, it will take about three hours to complete the round trip.

DIRECTIONS: To reach the trailhead from downtown Idyllwild, turn east on North Circle Drive to South Circle Drive. Turn right, and take the first left which is Fern Valley Road. Follow the signs to Humber Park, which is about two miles from downtown Idyllwild. Park in the lower levels of the parking area and look for the Ernie Maxwell trailhead sign...and me!

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