Suicide Rock Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Great view of Strawberry Valley, streams, the lovely San Jacintos This is a beautiful relatively easy (but very uphill) hike through the lush wonders of the San Jacintos. You will enjoy every minute. Suicide Rock is a great place to peer over the edge and contemplate life. You can also wonder what life might have been like for the Cahuilla version of Romeo and Juliet who legend says ended their lives here. The views are standard fare for the San Jacinto Wilderness - that is amazing. You get a great shot across Strawberry Valley at Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak, and you can take in the heights looking up at Marion Mountain and Jean Peak. Don't miss the short trek to the peak, where there is a register in a smiley face can at the top. Feel free to explore all around the edge of Suicide Rock, there are plenty of viewing platforms, but do be careful near the edge.
Pictures look awesome, but can't do justice to the amazing views once you reach the cliffs. This is definitely a trail for the adventurous. I've read online that the trail is longer than 6.7 miles round trip, it seemed much further than that and our step counter recorded 10+ miles. Regardless of actual distance it's 3.5+ miles on an incline to reach the rock. The trail condition ranges from smooth to rock steps and it often feels (and looks) like it's a drainage ditch more than a trail. Trekking poles recommended.
You'll need a daily adventure pass ($5) or a yearly pass along with a wilderness permit (free) on this trail. Both are available at the Idyllwild Ranger Station 1 mile from the trail head. You can self service the wilderness permit if it's closed and get the pass from multiple locations in town. Parking fills up quickly on the weekend, by 8:15 AM there were few spots left.
Make sure to dress for the workout and be prepared water wise. Our group went through nearly 3 liters of water per person.
I rated this hike 4 stars
Definitely a good workout. Bugs were a bit bothersome. Three deer ran across the trail about a half mile from top. Did the complete hike in about 3 and a half hours. That was at a steady pace. The views a the top were really beautiful. Well worth the effort.
A moderately difficult hike that rewards with stunning views. A must do when in Idyllwild.
This was a very long trail. make sure you bring plenty of water and food for energy. Took us two hours up and a little less that two hours down. The view is well worth it!
It was a loooong hike. I went with out expecting anything but the hike beat my butt. Took my boyfriend and I 4 hours to go up and 11/2 to come down. It sure was a pretty hike. I think the top view is definitely worth it. Take a lot of water and a hat cause it was pretty hot.(summer). All the hikers were friendly. Over all it's a good hike.
Very nice trail, well marked and lots to see. Hikers are all courteous, remember this is a No Dogs trail with signs stating so. Not everyone adheres to the signs.
We hiked only to the trail split about 2,5 miles, come back the same way.
Great views from the top!
Really fun hike. Easy to get to from SoCal and it feels like your hundreds of miles from from everything. Love this place!
Nice day hike. It was pretty hot when we did it. But the top was worth it. Great views of Devils slide and of course the inland valley with all its pollution. Big still a great hike. And great to get away from the rat race. We live in riverside an cig is incredible that this is 1.5 hrs away!
Nice hike today. We stepped off at about 0645 and were the only people on the trail that early. It was 68 degrees when we stepped off and almost 90 degrees by 1000. Great views and well marked trails. The view on Suicide Rock is awesome. Great view of Lilly Rock and Tahquitz' Peak and a spectacular view overlooking Idyllwild and beyond. I highly recommend that you bring lots of water this time of year. Don't hike this alone. The heat and wildlife (snakes) can easily make this hike dangerous. We had a 4' snake cross the trail directly in front of us. It startled us and the snake and that is when they are more apt to bite. Parking passes and permits are REQUIRED for this hike. While we were taking in the view on Suicide Rock, we were approached by a Ranger who was asking for permits. On the way down, I was warning people about the snake and asking if they had their permits. I could not believe how many people (groups) didn't have one. They said they didn't know. Bull****! It is posted (in bold print) at the trail head and at the San Jacinto Wilderness sign about a mile in. Anyway, great hike, great day!
One of the best hikes in Socal!
Great work out going up hill. A few people on the trail we finished the round trip in 4 hours because we took multiple breaks, hangout for a while and ate on the top. Our dad loved it and was quite a drive to get to the trailhead besides that remember to purchase the hiking day pass.
Definitely not easy. Would rate it moderate. It's actually 8 miles in all. We had our toddler in a hiking carrier.
Easy, beautiful, and since we hiked later in the afternoon, had it all to ourselves.