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4 hours ago

Beautiful longer hike, through pine forests with scattered boulders. There was plenty of shaded areas and not too hot in November. We brought layers for the top and were glad we had them. As we hiked with a child, we all made sure to bring plenty of water and snacks as well, and of course our own garbage bag.

It is easy to end up off trail if you’re not paying close attention, especially with the sometimes rocky terrain. Make sure you plan your in and out time so you have daylight for your exit. It took us just over 5 hours with a child who needed many rests on the way up, actual hiking time was closer to 4 hours and just over 1.5hrs downhill.

No dogs allowed, and MUST GET A DAY PERMIT from the ranger station before you go. They’re located right in town in Idyllwild but closed Wednesday and Thursday so plan accordingly. Easy parking along highway. Not too crowded but there were definitely a lot of enthusiasts out so you’ll cross paths now and then.

Distance is a bit inaccurate, I measured on my Apple Watch, Strava, and here, and got 7.8mi, 8.4mi and 8.0mi here respectively. We wore our hiking boots which was very much appreciated in the rocky areas but tiring compared to lighter Merrell light hiking shoes. We’re accustomed to steep hiking at Runyon (West Loop the thigh and butt burner) but found this hike tiring towards the end as we normally do a little more than 3mi in and outs, and had to stop a lot for the kid, legs were definitely getting sore by the end although the hike itself is really quite easy-moderate for the most part.

Views at the top are definitely worth it and breathtaking! Watch your step if you’re going out on the ledges and not a climber, and for the love of god and your safety don’t take selfies standing on the edges in case of loss of balance.

The vegetation, trail, and dramatic view point are all impressive. I enjoyed this better than Devil's Slide across the canyon.

The view from the top is well worth the effort! I didn’t think the trail was too difficult, but you can feel the incline and the altitude may be bothersome if you aren’t accustomed to it. Parking wasn’t an issue for me around 3:30 on a Saturday although earlier in the day, it seemed to be pretty full. I did get off trail once, but it wasn’t that far before I realized my mistake and backtracked to the correct direction.

I did this hike solo on a Tuesday and it was exactly what I needed to get away from my busy and tiresome mom life! There were maybe 15 other hikers so not crowded at all. The climb was steady but not steep. As another reviewer pointed out, there are a few places where it might be easy to miss the trail but only if you don’t have a trained eye. Just keep following the footprints!

There’s a beautiful open, flatter area with big, tall pines near the top of the ridge before you turn off for Suicide Rock. This was probably my favorite part but the entire trail is just gorgeous.

Definitely bring water, snacks, and good shoes!

Also, the ranger station in Idyllwild is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays per the sign in their window so plan ahead to get a permit. Although I was not stopped, they do make it very clear you need one.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike was fantastic! I consider myself a novice hiker and found the length and altitude a bit strenuous. However, the views at the top were well worth the trip!! My husband I started the hike at the Deer Springs Trailhead at 1:08pm, made it to Suicide Rock at 3:33pm (after multiple breaks) and completed our descent at 5:18pm this past weekend. Here are few takeaways that I’d tell anyone looking to do the hike:

1. First and foremost, you’ll need a wilderness permit to complete the hike. I ran into 2 park rangers who asked for our permits (safety reasons apparently). You’ll need to stop by the ranger station in town before heading up the mountain.
2. I had a hard time locating this trail on my GPS. The easiest place to locate is the Deer Springs Trailhead that takes you to Suicide Rock. There’s free parking along the highway.
3. Wear hiking boots!! My husband completed the hike in Nikes and he was sliding everywhere. You’ll thank me later.
4. Bring enough water and snacks to get you through the hike, especially during the Summer months.
5. Don’t forget your camera because the views (and even the hike up) are stunning.

This is definitely a hike you need to complete if you’re ever in Idyllwild! Happy hiking!

Loved this hike! It had great views! Well worth the hike.

Dope trail dope views dope! there was snow towards the end but didn’t bring micro spikes so it was kind of sketchy.

hiking
1 month ago

Very solid loop trail. Because of the Notches/desert view points, it's probably a 4.5 hike. Also the Tram itself is awesome (an amazing ride).
Need to stop at the ranger station for a permit (free), even for day hikers.
A little rocky, but there are worse rocky situations. No bouldering.
See all the views at the Mountain/Tram Station itself (Grubbs view point is probably the best of all "notches/camera spots").
Good selection of beers at the Tram Station.

Great hike! Clearly marked, beautiful views, steady climb and well maintained!

Great hike, nice views, not too strenuous and beautiful weather

Stunning views. Easy hike.

Great hike. Beautiful with different views that are amazing. Trail is not rocky which I love. Some switch backs but not many. The peak is incredible. It can get windy but we got lucky and it was calm. The tower allows you to see forever views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail with an incredible view at the top!!! It is starting to get a little cool at the top but it sure beats the summer heat!! Found a good spot for a hammock nap at the top too!

Just came off this trail. it has a well earned "moderate" rating as it is approximately 2.6 miles of constant grade from the trailhead the saddle.

Trail is well maintained, switchbacks are well graded. All in all, this is a great hike with nice access to the PCT, Taquitz Peak (1.4 miles south from the saddle), and San Jacinto peak via the PCT (7 miles north from the saddle).

Such a great hike. I did this in June. I was just starting out for the season. Was hard for me to the meadows. Meet PCT hikers at the meadows. Will be back to go up go the peak

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this hike in August and have to say I was surprised how easy it was. The trail is sometimes not marked well and you can get off trail very easily. So keep your eyes straight if not you will be off trail. The mileage is off a tad it was 7.1 miles round trip.

Hiked this back in March, I went solo and it was such a peaceful and beautiful hike. I saw maybe 6 others on the way up and less on the way down. I had the top to myself for a good 30 minutes. Be sure to just take a seat on the large surface rock and soak it all in. Offers some incredible views! Get a trail permit!

on Suicide Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely trail, well maintained and easy to follow. Close to the top it’s harder to distinguish, so keep the canyon on your left and keep going up. Cool and nicely shaded, with great views throughout and then at the top. Seems well-travelled, and on a Thu the parking area was full by 11am when we returned. Took us 4 hrs, and measured out at close to 7.5 miles

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - about 7 miles rather than 6.1 - took about an hour and 20 on the way up going at a good pace without stopping. Saves all the views for a beautiful reveal moment right at the end. Suicide rock seems appropriately named - watch out for the cliff edges!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Don’t forget to get your trail permit at the ranger station (we did, but luckily didn’t get asked), there are multiple reminders along the trail to have a permit. About 8.5 miles round trip took 3-3 1/2 hours round trip including a long stop at the top to enjoy the views. Highly recommend it if you’re in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t forget your permit! Good training trail. A lot of evenly spaced ascending sections. Start early on sunny summer days. The first half of the trail is pretty exposed.

hiking
1 month ago

Start Early. Started at the trailhead just after sunrise and we had the trail to ourselves all the way up. Coming down we passed more than 20+ hikers. Great views from the top. Leave yourself an hour in your planning to explore at the trail crest.

hiking
2 months ago

Description here is good and other reviews sum it up nicely - definitely a nice day hike.

Fun Labor Day weekend hike. Good solid uphill for 3 miles but beautiful views from the top. A bit hot today for my preference.

Steady gentle incline a good hike for conditioning about 20-25* cooler than rancho mirage and low desert

Got the last permit and hiked to the fire lookout via Devil’s Slide on Saturday, Sept 1. Didn’t see a lot of people on the way up, but saw quite a few on the way down. The volunteers arrived just after we did and unlocked the fire lookout. It’s a great view, and well worth the hike. On the ridge top you will see where the firefighters stopped the fire this summer.
It took us just over 5 hours round trip including 30 minutes to enjoy the view on top. GPS showed 8.6 miles round trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a fun trail for all! Not too hard, not too easy! If it was a story book Goldilocks would love it! Corny but true! Great views! Pack a snack and enough water and you’ll be good!

Beautiful trail with nice variety. The view from Suicide Rock is phenomenal. Being a flatlander and not in full hiking shape it was more of an uphill in parts then I expected but nevertheless very doable. Go to ranger station to get trail pass. Parking is all over the place next to road. Trail is easy to find

Absolutely breathtaking views. A lot of people stopped once they got to saddle junction. DON’T. follow it to the peak. The views are amazing and the volunteer at the fire tower is extremely kind and friendly. Great hike.

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