The Idyllwild Nature Center is great place to bring the family for a day of hiking, picnicking and enjoying the fauna and flora of the San Jacinto Mountains. And its dog friendly! Almost everyone we saw had their pup with them. The only rule is that dogs must be under control and leashed at all times. The center charges a small entrance fee: $3 for adults, $2 for children, and $1 for dogs. The grounds were very well kept and the trails clearly marked.
We completed all four trails: the Yellow Pine Trail, Perimeter Trail, the HIllside Trail, and finally the Summit Loop Trail, which led us up the mountain to some incredible treetop views.
Hoku was totally energized by the forest with all its new smells, little critters, and challenging terrain. We brought plenty of water and used his 10-foot leash so he could have more freedom to wander about and explore. He hiked with us for the entire 4 hours without slowing down one bit, effortlessly jumping over fallen tree trunks, scaling tall rocks, and running down hills. It definitely helped that the weather was a sunny and cool 50’s. He was all smiles and completely in his element surrounded by nature.