Stone Creek Campground Mt. San Jacinto State Park California
Stone Creek Overview
Stone Creek campground has 50 single-family campsites (5 with electric hookups) and is the largest campground at Mount San Jacinto State Park. The campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate. The hookup sites are 4, 21, 33, 45 and 50. A few also have a food storage locker, but most do not. Mature cedar and pine trees provide ample shade and privacy between campsites. The campground also has drinking water (water spigots) and vault toilets.
Other Campgrounds in the area include Fern Basin (21 campsites), Dark Canyon (17 campsites), Idyllwild (34 campsites) and Marion Mountain (24 campsites).
Stone Creek – Mount San Jacinto State Park Info
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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- BBQ Grills
- Campsite Tables
- Cell Service - Good
- Cell Service Fair
- Drinking Water
- Electrical Hookup
- Equestrian trail
- Fire Pit
- Fire Rings
- Pets OK
- Picnic Tables
- Recycling Center
- Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
- RV Hookups
- Bird Watching
- Horseback riding
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Trails
- Walking Trails
- Wilderness Area
- Wildlife Viewing
Idyllwild, California 92549
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3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 18, 21, 23, 26, 33, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48
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Late May – October
Stone Creek Comments & Reviews
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I asked my son Andre Jovien to make a reservation at Stone Creek for 8/10/19.
He mistakingly reserved campsite #SC24 which is a handicap site. My wife is disabled and has a handicap car plate as to why he thought it was ok, since they park in those spaces regularly. Only problem is that my wife is not coming with us camping. I was working at the time and and explained to him we that we can’t use that site without Mom and to change it. He then proceeded to reserve site #SC7 on 8/17/19. Is there a way somehow to get a refund for site #SC24 on 8/10/19 and also to make it available for someone who can use it. We will not be coming to Idyllwild on 8/10/19.
Yes – you can cancel your reservation with ReserveCalifornia.com for Stone Creek campground in Mt. San Jacinto State Park. You’ll get most of your money back (less the reservation fee). Login to ReserveCalifornia.com and look for your ‘trips’. You can also call them at 1-800-444-7275.
Do you have a campsite map for Stony Creek?
We have campsite 11 and would like to pitch two tents. Will we fit?
You can click on the “Campground Map’ button/link to see the camp map for Stone Creek campground. Also, there are a few tent pad areas in campsite #11 to pitch tents.
have a great time!
I have a few questions. First, is our food safe in our car we will be leaving behind while we hike ALL day up to the peak (bears or people breaking in?). Next, if we have three cars, is there an overflow lot where we could leave one car? Lastly, does site 23 have a food box?
A few of the Stone Creek campsites have food storage lockers, but campsite #23 does not. There are not any bears in the area, so you don’t have to worry about them. Locking your gear/food, etc. in your car all day will be fine in terms of keeping it away from the forest creatures. Rarely have (bad) humans broken into any cars. Have a great hike up to the peak!
A few of the Stone Creek campsites have food storage lockers, but campsite #23 does not. There are not any bears in the area, so you don’t have to worry about them. Locking your gear/food, etc. in your car all day will be fine in terms of keeping it away from the forest creatures. Rarely have (bad) humans broken into any cars. Lastly, I’m not aware of any overflow parking at the campground. Have a great hike up to the peak!
Are permits required for use of propane stoves at campsites in Stone Creek? I remember camping several years back at a different campground in the area and needing a permit.
We’re not sure if a permit is required for propane stoves at Stone Creek campground. Have not heard that they are and don’t think so.
My sister in-law rented space 42 I was wondering if this space can accommodate my 24’ rv?
You can have up to 2 vehicles and 8 people at Stone Creek campsite #42. I was not able to confirm the pad length, but it looks like a 24 foot trailer would fit with a little maneuvering and then parking the other vehicle along side.
Would any of the sites accommodate a 26′ rv that is 28′ total length?
I believe the largest pad length is 24 feet at Stone Creek. You can click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button and be directed to ReserveCalifornia.com. From there, enter ‘Mt. San Jacinto State Park’, and select Stone Creek. You can go through each site to check on measurements.
Do this campground have spigot
Yes – Stone Creek has water spigots scattered throughout the campground.
We have reserved Unit 48 for 8 people. Does this unit have enough space for 2 10ft * 10ft tents? Thanks
Yes, you can fit two 10×10 foot sized tents in Stone Creek campsite #48. You can also have up to 2 vehicles and 8 people in that site.
Hi, are there any first come first serve campsites at Stone Creek? Are all sites by reservation only?
Yes, I believe campsites 22 and 32 are first-come, first-serve.
My girlfriend and I had originally booked a site for 8/29/21 at Dogwood Campground, behind Rim of the world Highschool a few weeks prior to our stay here. Everything was set to go until my girlfriend received an email on 8/24/21 informing us that we wouldn’t be able to have fires in pits or bbq grills, understandingly due to the wild fires, so after requesting our refund, we were in a mad dash to book another site somewhere else on limited funds. I found Stone Creek Campground through this site, and took a gamble on selecting a shady site based on the horribly limited photos taken from the worst perspectives. I gambled on site 28, which, little did I know, sits right next to an access road to a nearby neighborhood we weren’t aware of. We arrived 8/29, and were able to enjoy two nights of bbq, and pit fires, plus nice summer thunderstorms with light rains for the first few nights, which reassured me a tad. Unfortunately, due to the light traffic on the nearby access road, some driver complained because a huge firetruck came through the site just so a single fireman could get out to tell us pit fires and bbq’s have already been denied for the season. I complied of course, and agree with not risking wildfires, but we were being informed as if we were already warned. The guy tried to argue that no one would’ve told us fire pits were allowed, even though this website, and the sharpee white board outside of the camp host office stated otherwise well into Thursday. We made the best of our week stay, but if the fireman was correct, we would’ve appreciated a forewarning on this site BEFORE we had booked our site.
Thanks for your comment/feedback. I’ll see if we can reschedule a photographer to get new photos of the campsites at Stone Creek this fall. And sorry to hear you were not able to have a fire. Unfortunately all of the national forests and mountain areas throughout California are either closed or have fire restrictions. Stone Creek campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest. Usually they do have that notice posted at check in and/or the fire rings are taped off. I was surprised to hear that was not the case at Stone Creek. The US Forest Service website is a good place to check on fire and other restrictions.
I appreciate your response, and we do have a number of photos taken from multiple angles of site 28 to offer, if you like?
As far as the notification regarding fire pits and bbq’s, I have a photo of the white sharpee bulletin board taken a day after the fireman experience. As I said before, we had absolutely no problem complying with fire restrictions. We love the national forests and State Parks, and care deeply about their health, well being, and preservation. We just needed forewarned notifications on THIS website BEFORE we booked our site, and there wasn’t any. There WAS plenty of time to have done so long before hand though. We would’ve been fine with camping up in San Luis Obispo County, or elsewhere, had we known the fire restrictions were the same throughout the entire San Bernardino Mountain range. This site indicated otherwise though, so when we were finally informed in person via a fireman, we had to make trips down into Palm Dessert to find more equipment on limited funds to compensate when all we had planned to do was stay within camp, aside from the occasional hikes on the beautiful trails.
Another thing that surprised us were the MANY warning signs posted about black bears, yet none of the sites were provided bear boxes. Some were lucky enough to have wooden pantries, but most were either dilapidated, and in dire need of repairs, or missing all together, like our site. We were forced to reason that we’d be better off keeping our dry goods within the canopy portion of our cabin tent rather than our car. Worst case scenario, we could return home with a damaged tent, but not a damaged car. Luckily the town’s clerks in Idyllwild assured us that black bears were rare, and stayed clear of people. Never the less, rule of thumb, any campsite who bothers to warn responsible campers of bears needs to provide safe secure bear boxes to store food.
Thanks for the feedback/info. That’s a good idea to list current campground fire restrictions on our website, but unfortunately we don’t have the capacity or resources (at this time) to monitor the thousands of campgrounds throughout the country on a regular basis. I recommend checking with the US Forest Service associated with the campground as it usually has the status or a link to check status on their websites.
Do you know how go the cell service is around the campgrounds? I’m a little worried the weekend I’m planning on going may overlap some important emails I would need to respond to quickly.
Cell service at Stone Creek campground is ‘fair’. You should be able to get a decent signal for Verizon and perhaps AT&T. Idyllwild is just a few miles away where service is good.
Hello, I will be coming in on October 23rd for a few days (with reservation), will fires be allowed in the provided fire rings at that time?
Due to the drought, it is unlikely they will lift fire restrictions anywhere in the San Bernardino National Forest (including Stone Creek campground) this year. Here’s the latest:
Open fires, including campfires and barbecues, are prohibited. Portable propane or gas stoves are still permitted for cooking with designated campsites and day use areas.
You can check updates/status here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf