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So someone’s review said to start at the trailhead where the parking is and my friend and I think they are completely wrong. If you start from the dirt road entrance which is off of Taqhuitz rd I believe that is uphill. You finish the trail at the parking lot and if you follow the road a little up and to the right you find restrooms and picnic benches. When you go back down there is only a small part that is up hill but then the rest is downhill. We both hiked with our babies in baby carriers. Trust me when I say start from the first road.

The hike itself of course is beautiful because you are going through a beautiful forest and beautiful sights as you go higher and higher. However The end isn’t as rewarding as Taqhuitz peak. When Taqhuitz peak opens again from Southridge, I would suggest trying that one. It is a moderate to hard hike due to the switchbacks but it is very beautiful and so worth it when you get to the ranger tower.

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

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

I definitely suggest starting from the bottom. When I did the trail I only knew of starting at the trailhead . My friends and I hiked through and realized there was parking on the street to start from the opposite side. Hiking back was mostly uphill and we would have preferred to do it the other way around. To hike uphill first (out) and comeback (back) downhill , park on the street end of the trail not the trailhead end of the trail.

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.

Nice views. Dogs liked it too

Trailhead difficult to find, completely exposed the whole way up, first three miles moderate, last 2 miles strenuous.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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3 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.

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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