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.

beautiful hike and a great place to have a picnic. no hiking gear needed for this Trail

Great hike to take my wife and dogs on.

Great day hike to beat the heat and get active. Lots of shade on the trail so it's ok to go in the middle of the day. Good for all fitness levels. Disappointing thing is there is a parking lot at the top of the trail which takes you out of the wilderness

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.

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.

Easy trail, great day hike!

Nice shaded hike. I've done bottom to top, and top to bottom, def recommend doing bottom to top.

Hiked with a small group, first time up the trail. Started at 10AM and had shaded trail most of the way to Saddle Junction. Great views all the way up, moderate elevation gain, trial in good condition. No bugs at all. Would definitely return and go up to Tahquitz Peak.

Not my easiest hike but super rewarding with some petty kick ass views.

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Easy walk. Be careful when walking across highway 243 to the lake from the parking lot. Traffic coming from Idyllwild has no pedestrian traffic sign.

not anything like the sierras but amazing for down here. I wouldn't rate this moderate, it should be rated easy. although the incline is pretty significant in the first 2.5 miles, taking your time upon ascending will prevent you from getting overly tired.

this was an easy trail going out from the trailhead, coming back was more of a climb. although if you start from taquitz rd (if I remeber the street name correctly) you will be going up and than an easy down. it was a little more narrow trail in many spots, and it was warmer this day. we started at 7 am and the bugs were pretty heavy, although this was one of the hottest days of our Summer. we ended and were back home in Hemet by 11 and before we left we went to eat breakfast so it was a quick hike. have fun hiking.

This was my first hike and I loved it. The trail is definatly moderate. If you are in good shape this is a good starter trail. We really enjoyed the views going up, the trail to me seemed pretty narrow in many areas. I only say that because I like to walk with lots of space, we did stop to eat our snacks which consisted of turkey jerky, dried bananas, and trail mix nuts. we love our water packs which we both did not finish, my pack holds a 2 liter capacity. oatmeal is my staple to eat before a hike, it really helps my energy level to stay pretty high. but that is just what I do, there are many other foods that are great before a hike. Be safe and have a great time hiking.

A group of friends and I completed this hike last weekend. I wanted to post some clarifying information about the access road! The worst part of the road is just past the gate where too many people have tried to get through and dug the road out to hell. We made it through (in low gear) in a small AWD SUV but our friends in a 2WD Rav4 did not. I would highly suggest just coaxing your AWD car or truck through slowly because the access road is very steep, mostly paved, and way better to do in a car than on foot!

Once you turn onto the dirt road there are spots to park right away or you can drive all the way to the actual walking trail, cutting this to 6.4mi round trip. We’ve hiked a lot in the Idyllwild area, including multiple routes to Taquitz and Saddle Junction. This route has the best views and the fewest people. The half-mile right before the peak is a moderate challenge and fairly exposed, but the rest is an easy grade with lots of shade. Concur with the “moderate” rating; our 7 and 9yo did the round trip without a problem (we’re active but we live at sea level). We saw one rattler (decent size, 4-ish feet and 10 buttons on the tail) which means there were a few more out there so stay aware. Overall, a fun half-day hike with rewards on the way and at the top.

Fire look-out was unoccupied but the deck was open. The views where oddly good given the usual summer haze.

Gorgeous hike

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2 months ago

It was hard to tell the difference between this hike and Apache but from what it appears on the trail they are the same hike that leads to a plateau- you can choose to go Left and hike Apache or Right and hike Spilter. We went up to the fork and stopped for lunch and our GPS gave us 11.3 miles. Went on 6/9/18 and it was a nice hike. One review stated there was a waterfall which is really a trickle of drops and hardly a waterfall. The beginning of the hike starts fairly mild and without shade, trail is sandy and not much incline. At the stream which is around 4 miles in it begins to incline steeply and there is a lot of brush and shade as the foliage is thicker here. The trail gets much more narrow and rocky. Excellent views at the top. Much of the trees were burned so the underbrush is thriving now. Great hike.

Easy hike, lots of bugs don't forget your Off Spray. My kids loved it.

This is my favorite trail of all times up in the San Jacintos

Easy trail, great warm up trail, easy to follow.

This trail had been too busy in the past and now it requires a permit to hike it. Make sure you get your permit early in the day at the ranger station. They only issue 20 permits per day and they are gone quickly. You also need to buy a parking pass at the ranger station, except you own a Nationalpark pass already.
A ranger is watching the entrance of the trail and will check your permit and also make sure that dogs are on leash.
The hike is beautiful. I only made it to the saddle junction, because I didn’t have enough time.
Walking a steady paste it took me 1hr 20min to do the 2.4 miles and 1800 feet elevation to the junction. Going back was faster. Roundtrip roughly 2.5 hrs.
To complete the hike there’s another 1.7 miles roundtrip from the junction that I wasn’t able to do that day.
However me and my dog enjoyed the hike a lot. Very scenic with some beautiful viewpoints into The Valley.

Trail in amazing condition. Great views the entire way. One 10 yard section of slushy snow.

This was my first time all the way to the ranger station, there are not words to describe it (You have to see it) in my first hike to Saddle Junction (over 18 years ago) I have my 4 years old son in my shoulders round trip, it was late and my wife didn’t want to keep going, this’s time I took my son (23 years already) and we really enjoy the trip, it was somehow emotional, because my son’s mother divorce me (without a reason) and she was missing in the trip. Check my pictures but better yet DO IT, you wouldn’t regret.

Very pretty trail, but note that the ascent is on the return as there's a steady almost unnoticeable downgrade going out from the trailhead. Trail was well-maintained, nice views, lots of ttees, and brush with cute little lizards racing through. It has a Climbers Trail offshoot that my daughter explored for a few...it looked fun and I would have joined her if I hadn't had the baby on my back. Overall nice trail, I'll do it again but earlier in the day and preferably without a mini hitchhiker. ;)

This trail is currently CLOSED!! :( Went to hike it a week ago and couldn't.

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