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Overview of Stone Creek Campground

Stone Creek Campground is located in Mount San Jacinto State Park in Southern California, offering a serene and picturesque camping experience. The park features granite peaks, subalpine forests, and mountain meadows, providing an idyllic setting for camping as well as numerous outdoor activities.

How to Get There

To reach Stone Creek Campground, you usually need to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from Palm Springs up to the Mountain Station and then hike in, or you can access it by foot through one of the many trails originating in Idyllwild.

Campsite Information

Reservations: Campsites at Stone Creek Campground can often be reserved in advance, typically through the state park's reservation system or third-party websites. However, some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Facilities: The campground has basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms, and it may also offer potable water supplies. To check current services, you should visit the official state park web page or contact the park directly before your trip.

Campsite Types: Different types of sites are often available, including tent sites, RV sites (with limitations on RV length due to mountain roads), and possibly sites with more facilities or hookups. Check the specific campsite details when booking.

Safety and Regulations

Wildlife: As with any wilderness area, encountering wildlife is a possibility. Store food securely and be aware of how to handle any wildlife encounters safely.

Fires and Cooking: Fire restrictions may be in place, especially during dry or fire-prone seasons. Use fire rings for campfires and cooking stoves when permitted.

Pets: Pets are often allowed but must usually be kept on a leash and under control at all times.


Hiking: Mount San Jacinto State Park offers a network of trails with varying difficulties, including access to the Pacific Crest Trail. Always prepare adequately with maps, water, and appropriate gear.

Wilderness Permits: For some activities and areas within the park, including overnight stays in the wilderness, you might need a wilderness permit. Check the park's requirements well in advance.

Seasonal Access

Mountainous parks like Mt. San Jacinto can have seasonal closures due to snow and weather conditions. Stone Creek Campground might operate on a seasonal schedule, so verify its availability during your intended travel dates.

Contact Information and Bookings

To get the latest information on campground status, services, reservations, and rules, you should contact Mt. San Jacinto State Park directly or visit the official California State Parks website.


When camping at Stone Creek or any natural area, practice Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the environment for future visitors. This includes packing out all trash, respecting wildlife, and minimizing impacts on plants and natural features.


Camping at Stone Creek Campground can be a memorable outdoor experience. For a successful trip, plan, make reservations as required, prepare for the region's unique conditions, and adhere to park regulations. Enjoy your adventure in the beautiful landscapes of Mount San Jacinto State Park.

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