Explore the most popular trail running 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.

This was really great. Went with my wife, two kids (15 & 10), and our dog. We had a great time. Very well maintained and everyone we came across was friendly and wanted to pet our dog. Parking was easy and Idyllwild is a great little town too. We’ll be back.

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.

hiking
16 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

backpacking
21 days ago

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

This is a beautiful hike

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.

Fun hike for families with kids and a fog

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.

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.

Fun hike with bits of snow. Bring walking sticks if there’s still snow, parts were slick. Would definitely go back.

2 months ago

Great hike even in a little snow..... glad we had our walking sticks for the slippery parts but the views and trail are a treat!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent easy hike for entire family and dog! Gorgeous views and perfect blend of sun and shade. Definite must!

Easy and pretty, with great views of Lily Rock and Suicide Rock.

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.

trail running
3 months ago

Fun short run/jog up the pavement from the Snow Creek Village sign to just a little up the trail. Awesomely inspiring mountain views of Mt. San Jacinto & San Gorgonio. Nearly full moonrise over the eastern ridge. 3.4 miles round trip. 35 minutes up & 10 minutes down. 722 feet elevation gain.

3 months ago

Super fun hike! Beautiful views, nice trail and perfect distance. Posted pics of my lovely day.

Awesome views. Trail wraps back and forth around the mountain at lower elevations. Not very steep, but lengthy. Didn’t do the peak this time. Just not enough sunlight yet. Still not much snow for the year, only a foot or so at the peak I’ve been told. Free water at the trailhead courtesy of the water authority. Much appreciated.

Did this hike today. Possibly best time to go. There was little sections of snow in the first half a mile, it was sunny but nice and chilly with a lot of shade. It’s mainly slightly downhill on the way out, tons of vista points and views of tahquitz rock. It took 2.5 hours with stopping for pictures and multiple stops on the way back up due to my asthma and recovering from bronchitis. Once I build my lungs back up I’ll definitely be back.

Not too bad, me and the wife really enjoyed this trail.

Trail is very good condition. Sunny skies but not too hot. I can imagine it would be hot and, as a result, much harder during the summer. The trail was well marked and didn’t leave any doubt where to go.

Hike on 12/2 and the views were amazing! Highly recommend when the weather is cool and sunny. We hiked during the super moon and returned the last 2.5 miles in moon light.
Hike time was 5-hours round trip with multiple breaks.

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