Explore the most popular hiking trails in San Jacinto Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A lot of elevation gain and heavy traffic, but we'll marked and maintained. Great views along the way and a 360 view from the peak

A well shaded, easy hike through mixed forest. Great variety of flora and some sweeping views.

I did this hike on Mother’s Day w my husband and my daughter.
We start from the lower trailhead
Where little parking is available.
We started at 7am and walked the easy trail to the other end of the trailhead At Humber Park. We took our time at took lots of pictures during our hike. We could see suicide rock and taquitz peak
From the path at times but it was very cloudy & cooler temps today .
The details say it’s 5 miles but it’s longer and not too much incline.
At the turn around point ( the other trail head) we enjoyed the small creek w waters flowing. So I prefer the return to the car back mostly downhill. I recommend this for family friendly.

Challenging as it is mostly uphill to the top. Beautiful and even with the temps warming up to high 80s in town it stayed cool enough up here especially in the shade. Trail very well maintained! Lots of backpackers coming down. Parking was full for a late morning arrival so if you're planning to go up, hit the Ranger station for your permit and adventure pass earlier in the morning. We got the last spot. Enjoyed lunch afterwards in the park where there were a couple picnic tables.

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked the grand tour on 5/5/18.
You can complete this loop circuit on foot but I spotted my mtn bike at the South Ridge trail head and drove down to the Ernie Maxwell south trail head to begin my trek. Started at 6 am hiking to Humber Park then headed up the Devils slide trail and arriving at Saddle Jct at 8am. From there I took the trail leading to Tahquitz valley, and on to little Tahquitz valley. At little Tahquitz I left the main trail and started off cross country towards Red Tahquitz and soon picked up the PCT southbound for a short way before once again going off trail to the summit. Please know this area is closed due to the Mountain fire and traveling through this area could result in a fine, however I never entered into any burnt forest and feel the forest service should not close un burnt areas, but this is just my opinion. Arriving at Red just before 9:30 I took a 20 min break to take in the outstanding views from the peak before heading towards Tahquitz peak. Another 20 min break here before heading down the South Ridge trail and the end of the hike. From hear you can do like me and spot a bike or walk down the road 1.2 miles back to the start point. If you decide to take on this trek you should have good off trail skills with good knowledge of a map and compass for the off trail segments. There is a use trail to Red’s summit and I cleaned up a bit of it but it traveled into the burned area so that’s as far as I got with it. Enjoy and be safe.

Good and easy - pretty. Remember to put your dogs on a leash it’s the law. Everyone you pass is always super friendly

The views from the fire lookout are just mesmerizing!
The trail is well kept and easy to follow!
The trail from beginning to end is absolutely beautiful.

backpacking
19 days ago

Great trail for all levels. Plenty of shade for those hot days and nice views from time to time.

I just love this trail!!!! Haven't hiked it since the fire but, from what I am reading It seems to be open! I am beyond excited!

This is a beautiful hike

great views along trail. A little difficult, but worth it all the way up and down stopping A lot to talk to other hikers

Wow. What an adventure. I love Idyllwild now and really love the views that trail has to offer.

It was close to 100 degrees the day I went but only about 70 upnin Idyllwild. But besides that great views. And wow what a sun-set. My god was it beautiful.

Hiked this on 4/21. Started around 7 am and we were back down by midday. Stopped many times on the way up to explore the different view points. This is a beautiful hike and does not get that challenging till about 1.5-2 miles or so from the peak, at which point the incline becomes steeper. I would deff recommend a truck/Jeep, vehicles with a higher clearance to make it up the dirt road to the trailhead. If you’re in a car, drive slow and be careful with all the potholes and some deep pockets of sand like dirt on the road. Don’t get stuck!

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

Really enjoy this hike. It's not that difficult but great for intermediate hikers. Scenery is beautiful. You can do the loop to Red Tahquitz through Saddle Junction to make it a longer hike. Just love the scenery. The ranger station was closed for repair so couldn't walk up the stairs. When I got to parking lot at 7am there was only two cars there. When I got back down, and after passing about 50 people going up, the parking lot was full. Weekends, as with every LA area hike, get there early. You also need the American the Beautiful or Day Pass for parking and a permit to hike this trail which can be obtained in the town of Idyllwild about 2.6 miles before the trailhead. First 2 1/2 miles are the struggle and plenty of shade. Last 1.4 miles is pretty level or low uphill so once you get to junction with all the signs the hard work is over.

Great trail. Amazing views from the top. Well covered most of the hike. Good elevation from the start. It does get a bit busy but it’s a most do hike.

Gorgeous and challenging!!! Will definitely be back to do it again soon!!

Fun hike for families with kids and a fog

Hikes it on 4/7/2018
This is my new favorite hike! It’s so beautiful! Very enjoyable hike. Parking was very easy. Lots of dogs on the trail and very friendly people. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow. It was fun to talk to all the PCT hikers on the way up. We ate on the large boulder which marks the end of this trail and some hikers convinced us to continue to Tahquitz Peak which is not that much further. Make sure you put this on your list of hikes!

Had a wonderful time with my dog

great bang for your work out buck

Love this trail! It’s a quick one, but so worth it if you have a small dog and want to get him/her some exercise outdoors!

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 views from the peak!

We made it a couple of hundred yards away from the lookout and had to stop because we didn’t have poles or micro spikes. Incredible views throughout the hike. Can’t wait to do it again with the proper equipment.

Beautiful trail. The first half is a moderate uphill on the devil’s slide trail then you come to the junction to the PCT.
The trail was covered in snow which made it difficult on the final accent to the peak so plan accordingly.

Fun little trail through the forest. Gets a little crowded but to be expected.

Great hike with kids and dog! Need an adventure day pass to park so make sure you get it in town. Lots of shade and cool breeze. Great views of the peak!

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

Hiked to the look out 3/24/18. First half to Saddle Junction no snow, but after that there was snow all the way to the peak. Bring micro spikes, trekking poles, beanie & gloves unless you're a young(er) superstar! I saw many people who turned around because they didn't have the proper boots or traction (saw a girl wearing Vans slip on tennis shoes and no socks). This is my first time doing this hike and I loved it! The entire trail is so beautiful and picturesque, I was never bored!

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