Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

San Jacinto River (North Fork), California

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest


Designated Reach:

March 30, 2009. From the source of the North Fork San Jacinto River at Deer Springs in Mt. San Jacinto State Park to the northern boundary of Section 17, Township 5 South, Range 2 East.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 7.2 miles; Scenic — 2.3 miles; Recreational — 0.7 miles; Total — 10.2 miles.

San Jacinto River

Photo Credit: Doug Steakley, American Rivers

San Jacinto River (North Fork)

The source of the North Fork San Jacinto River is on San Jacinto Peak in the Mount San Jacinto State Game Preserve and Wilderness Area. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail crosses the upper river. Above its confluence with Fuller Mill Creek there is a picnic area, fishing access and a trail to lovely waterfalls. While there is no camping in the river corridor, there are four campgrounds nearby.

The river supports habitat for many at-risk species, including mountain yellow-legged frogs, California spotted owls, the rubber boa and the San Bernardino flying squirrel.