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Here's the tentative plan for camping/hiking trip: Friday Skunk Cabbage Meadow (Devil's Slide) Saturday Apache Peak Sunday Suicide Rock OR Tahquitz Monday Marion Mountain - San Jacinto Peak Tuesday Lake Fulmor

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Nice incline and views up to Taqhuitz. A bit more strenuous than the Devil’s Slide Route.

There is no snow left on this trail as of 4/17, only patchy bits off to the sides. I’m 50 and have been hiking for about 3 years. It took us 4 hours 56 minutes to summit. And 3 hours and 3 minutes to descend. The weather was chilly in the 40s with a little wind that changed to moderate wind at the top. Last year I did San Jacinto from the tram and it was my favorite of the Six Pack of Peaks. This year, I still love the San Jacinto wilderness but not sure if it will be my favorite this year!! Lol. It was a relentlessly steep but my hiking pals, meeting through hikers and the spectacular views made it all completely worth it. I highly recommend hiking poles. I, for some dumb reason, chose not to bring mine today. Lesson learned.

Great trail with a beautiful view and meditation spot for the half of your day.

Great Trail! Beautiful views and quite a workout for people like us that are still working on getting back in shape.

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14 days ago

Great trail. Elevation wasn’t crazy. Good and steady. Trail is very well maintained. Lots of great spots for pictures. He views from the rock are outstanding. You could spend hours hanging around and checking all the spots. Would recommend this trail. Need a wilderness pass free at the ranger station. Free parking at the beginning of the trail but will get full pretty quick.

Beautiful trail, nice views, good hike for family

great bang for your work out buck

i went on this hike with my two dogs enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful scenery. After 3.5 miles up a steep trail i reached the summit. I was relaxing with my dogs admiring the scenery along with another hiker I've met along the trail. when approached by a man and woman with too little dogs. my dogs of course curious ran up to the man and woman in a none aggressive manner ( remember this is a dog friendly trail) they begin hitting my dogs and screaming bloody murder even after I had my dogs on leashes still screaming. ruining my hike. all in all very beautiful hike.

It was a great hike to the peak lookout. I definitely enjoyed this way up as opposed to the other. This one was harder but enjoyed by all.

Great scenery along the trail, nice elevation gain and seemed clear of Poison Oak. It was a nice visit to Idyllwild.

Beautiful! did it on Sunday, March 18th with beautiful snow cover.

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23 days ago

Very nice hike! Went on March 14 and it was a bit challenging since it had some rain and cold winds near the top but worth it!

Fun Hike. Awesome views. Clear all the way through. very light snow in small sections.

Great end to a good hike. A little snowy still in March!

Hiked 3/18/2018. Beautiful route, plenty of snow next to the trail near the summit, but the trail itself was totally clear. The trail lists 6.6 miles but only goes to where it meets the truck trail. Round trip to the summit is closer to 8 miles.

Driving in, there are TWO signs for black mountain on Highway 243, one for the truck road to the summit and one for the trailhead. Be sure to follow the FIRST sign you pass when coming from Banning. The trailhead is an immediate dead end with the parking lot. Don’t make the mistake we did of driving up the truck trail. Searching for black mountain in Google Maps will take you up the truck road.

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1 month ago

Great hike with great views with some steep inclines toward the top. Most of the trees sadly have been burned down from the recent fires. But still worth the views.

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1 month ago

The trail meanders through pines and across a little running creek with peak a boo views of mountain peaks and forests as you climb. Once at top, just below the actual top top, are giant bouldered areas to sit and enjoy the surrounding spectacular views of Tahquitz Peak and Lily Rock. The sun was out, a bit chilly at the top, a lovely day for a hike! Bolted up to the top and found the coffee can with notes, journal and goodies.

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1 month ago

Free hiking permit required. Permit can be obtained at the Ranger Station down the street. Trail is mostly uphill and moderately difficult. The view from Suicide Rock is worth the trek.

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1 month ago

Light cover of snow all the way up and no wind—beautiful hiking conditions

Very beautiful snow hike. The last two miles to the top required alot of physical and mental effort, but the views from the peak made it worth it!

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1 month ago

Wow, this was an incredible hike! Let me start out by saying that my husband and I do a lot of hiking and I would rate this one as hard, not moderate. The SUPER steep climbing starts right at the beginning of the trail and really doesn’t let up at all until you get to the top, which happens to be about 7500 feet of altitude.

That being said, it was a beautiful hike and I would highly recommend this as long as you’re in pretty good shape! There was lots of snow during the second half of the hike, which made it a lot harder, but all the more rewarding when we got to the top. Our dog had the time of her life running around off leash the entire time (leashes aren’t required on this one) so that made us so happy.

We were also really thankful we brought our hiking poles, not only because they was really helpful in the snow, but they were necessary for descending the steep terrain.

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1 month ago

Missed the register in the smiley face! Wish I’d known to look for it. Beautiful views. Very cold last weekend when we did this hike. Windy at the top but so worth it. Steady climb but not difficult.

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1 month ago

Beautiful fun hike all the way through, and of course the view at suicide rock is amazing. The complete hike registered at 8 miles for us and took us 4 hours. That was with a couple of breaks and relaxing at suicide rock to soak in the view. On our way to the hike we pulled over and asked a ranger about the adventure pass, he said we did not need one if we were only going to hike the trail but on the way up the hike we saw a sign that said we had to have one. Not sure what the deal is with the pass but we didn't return for one and were fine. I would definitely return to hike this trail again, I would go early so that you have enough time to take a break at suicide rock, the air is crisp and fresh and the view is amazing.

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2 months ago

Hiked to Suicide Rock and back. With a number of stops, took 5.5 hrs. Views were very nice at Suicide Rock but somewhat anti-climactic after 4 miles of hiking.

Great hike would recommend. Was challenging for me. You're supposed to have a wilderness permit to hike this trail. I know this because I got stopped by a friendly ranger last weekend and was reminded.

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2 months ago

Good hike- took about 3 1/2 hours . We stopped at the top and chilled. Pretty and a good hike.

Don’t forget your hiking pass at the ranger station.
No dogs allowed

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2 months ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery and lots of trees for shade! Even in our so called winter it was 67 degrees up there. At Suicide Rock the view is amazing and lots of flat rocks to have a nice lunch on and take it all in! It’s sunny at the rock so great photo op too. Good training hike for elevation gain.

I was shaking driving my Kia Soul, 2 wheel drive to the trailhead. But we made it. That road is rough.
the hike itself, well, we are not acclimated to the elevation and needed to stop to catch our breath many times. beautiful views, great workout, great reward, we will be back.

Took me and my girlfriend about 3 hours total 1 1/2 up 1 1/2 down. First half is tough then it get a tad more forgiving.

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2 months ago

Part dirt road drive and part hike to the peak.

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