Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Historic fire-lookout, great views, incredible San Jacintos, loop opportunity This is the most heavily used trail in The San Jacinto Wilderness, the parking lot is right on the border. You will see lots of people on the weekend, the trail quota fills up fast. You might see rangers on this trail, I saw two sets and they told me they are up there every weekend, so do get a permit, this isn't the south ridge, or Marion Mountain, and if you're like me, you'll pass them on the way up. This is an elevation gainer, no question about it. You will know that you are climbing a peak. If you are a novice hiker, it will definitely border on strenuous, but the experienced hiker will rough it out in nothing flat. It takes me right around two hours to do it. It's a beautiful trail, though, and as long as no one is too obnoxious, you should enjoy relative peace and tranquility.
Gorgeous hike, but this time of year ( Late November) you need to be aware of the potential snow/ice conditions. The last set of switchbacks up to the peak was too dangerous unless you had micro-spikes on your boots. Continuous melting/refreeze had turned the trail into an ice-rink and we had to turn around. As we came back down it was clear the many of the hikers coming up the slide had no idea that even at the saddle it was really quite cold, snowy and icy.
Great day in Nov for a hike. Did this trail having never been to the area. Length was closer to 9m when all was said and done. The scenery is stunning and It's pretty much uphill the whole way. The second part of the climb is easier. Bring minimum 2 liters of water!
Note, you must have a car day pass and a permit. Pass is $5 and the permit is free. You can get them from the ranger station in Idyllwild. I went to the parking lot at the head and had to go back. There were rangers on the trail asking for the permit.
Well worth the time and energy! Can't wait to do another trail here...
Pretty strenuous hike, once you get to the junction it kinda levels out but it's still a great work out! Amazing views at the top. Once your into the forest you can go to the right off the trail and basically hit amazing views off any point. Worth it but bring a sweater, once your past the junction it's freezing!
Unbelievable. No words needed.
This was my first time to hike the area and I was impressed at all the opportunities to explore. This hike was a training run to get up San Jacinto at a later time, and all went really well. There were a few very scenic spots, including one along the PCT that offered a view to the ridge of Tahquitz Peak and Lilly rock, down to the parking area, and the area around San Jacinto. When I got to the fire lookout, I was fortunate to go inside and see how they spot fires. The view was amazing. I had lunch at the summit and found a benchmark as well. It was a great day.
Beautiful scenery. It's a steep climb going up. Worth the effort
Great Hike nice views and fairly simple to follow the trail.
This was a great hike. Great conditioning going up. Had a great lunch to the top where you can see meadows with ferns awesome.
Not too difficult and the lookout was way cool
My third time on the Devil's Slide trail. My second time hiking from Saddle Junction along the PCT to Chinquapin Flat. My first time, finishing this hike off by continuing another half mile up the South Ridge Trail to the Tahquitz Peak Lookout. Knowing the temps would be high 90's, I brought 6 liters of water drank over three liters and shared the rest with others who thought one bottle would be enough. Don't underestimate the hike and the weather. Bring as much as you can carry, even if you don't drink it all. We had our first encounter with a baby rattle snake today. Maybe 10 or 12 inches long. Keep your eyes and ears open. Most times rattlers will sense you coming and avoid you. Most snake bites occur when we startle them. So check your area when taking breaks and sitting down. The trail is great! The first 2.6 miles on the Devil's Slide are challenging. The 1.5 miles along the PCT are pretty easy and relaxing. We had lunch at Chinquapin Plat before heading up the last .5 miles on South Ridge Trail, which is just as challenging as the DST but mostly due to the elevation gain. The views and history of the Lookout are so worth the challenge.