Mount San Jacinto State Park

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Rock formation and trees seen from Round Valley trail in winter

Mount San Jacinto State Park is in the San Jacinto Mountains, of the Peninsular Ranges system, in Riverside County, California. The park is near the Greater Los Angeles and the San Diego metropolitan area.


The Mount San Jacinto State Park encompasses the weathered granite summit of Mount San Jacinto, which at 10,834 feet (3,302 m) above sea level makes this the second highest peak and mountain range in Southern California. It is accessible by the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and lies on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Newton B. Drury Peak within Mount San Jacinto State Park is named after the fourth director of the U.S. National Park Service, who was also a long-term leader of the Save-the-Redwoods League.[citation needed]

Proposed for closure[edit]

Mount San Jacinto State Park was one of 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[1] The ongoing (2008-2010) California State budget crisis considered the state park systems funding, operations, and closures in discussion by the 2011 legislature and new Governor Jerry Brown administration. Legislation passed AB 95, sign by Gov. Brown in March 2011 did close the park on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from October through April. [2]

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Coordinates: 33°48′N 116°40′W / 33.800°N 116.667°W / 33.800; -116.667