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Marion Mountain Campground San Bernardino National Forest California

Marion Mountain Overview

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Marion Mountain campground has 24 campsites sites and is located in a forested area at near the town of Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest. Mature cedar and pine trees provide ample shade and privacy between campsites.

Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and small RVs. Campsites with a bit of a walk-to include 7, 8, 9, 16, 18, 20 and 24. Each site also has a table, fire ring and grate.  Amenities include vault toilets. No water is available at this campground. You can also purchase firewood from the camp host (if on duty) or  in Idyllwild.

There are also a number of hiking trails close to the campground. These include the 11.8 mile Marion Mountain Trail which is also the shortest route to the peak of Mount San Jacinto.

Other campgrounds in the area include  Stone Creek (50 campsites), Idyllwild (34 campsites), Fern Basin (24 campsites) and Dark Canyon (17 campsites).

Marion Mountain – Area Recreation

There are many trails in the area and hikers can access San Jacinto Mountain (the 2nd highest point in Southern California). The granite peaks, sub-alpine forests and mountain meadows offer visitors a primitive high-country experience. Other outdoor activities include biking, picnicking and fishing. Wildlife viewing is also nice here.

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Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service Fair
  • Cell Service Poor
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
25904 HIghway243
Idyllwild, California 92549
951 659-2607
Lat / Long:

33.79167, -116.73194

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Best Campsites

3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24

Regions
Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
# of Campsites:

24

Season:

Late May – Early September

Elevation:

6,400

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Marion Mountain Comments & Reviews

Visited Marion Mountain Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Marion Mountain?

15 Comments on “Marion Mountain”

  1. Why can’t I make a reservation at Marion Mountain campground using either your link above or reservecalifornia site?

    • Hi Vee,
      That may depend on when you’re trying to make a reservation. You can make reservations at Marion Mountain (through ReserveCalifornia) 6 months prior to the day of arrival. For example, if your arrival date was July 1, then the first time you can make a reservation is on January 1 (8am PST).

  2. Are portable BBQs allowed?

  3. Is there a place near by to take a shower or can we use a solar shower in a shower tent?

  4. Neil Meyer says:

    Is the campground open? How about the trail to the peak?
    Thanks

    • Hi Neil,
      Due to the 2019 severe winter weather events the campground may or may not open as scheduled. Please contact the San Jacinto Ranger District at (909) 382-2921 for any updated information on campground status before booking reservations.

      As for the trail – that is open, but does still have some snow patches up toward the top.

  5. Christopher Gripp says:

    I keep seeing comments on the web that potable water isn’t on during the weekdays. Is this true?

  6. Do you have to reserve online or can I take the chance and just show up and find a spot?

    • Hi Sarah,
      All campsites are reserved at Marion Mountain over the weekend ( through Sep 6 ), but mid week you should be able to walk in an reserve a campsite. Weekend availability opens up after Labor Day weekend.

  7. Jeannie Burkhardt says:

    Is there water up there during the weekdays?

  8. Katherine Sooksavath says:

    Does this campground have any bear sightings? And are there bear boxes in each site?

    • Hi Katherine,
      Bears are generally active this time of year, but we have not heard of any reports. You may try calling the USFS office to double check at: 951 659-2607

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