Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail

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Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1013 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

Easy family hike, lovely forested trail, great views of Tahquitz/Suicide Rock This is a perfect setting for a leasurly family hike. The trail acends very gently from the south end of Idyllwild to Humber Park, passing through a wonderful dense forest of pines. As you approach Humber Park, spectacular views of Suicide and Tahquitz rocks come in to view. Once you reach Humber Park, walk up the road a few hundred yards to the Devil's Slide Trail head and find a peaceful spot for a picnic lunch. If you still have some energy left, hike a half mile or so up the Devil's Slide trail for unbelievable views of both Tahquitz and Suicide rock. Return the way you came. Adventure Pass is required.

hiking
1 day ago

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4 days ago

Easy and beautiful trail!

hiking
8 days ago

Got an early start to beat the heat and people. Started the trail at 07:30 and it was perfect. 59 degrees and practically had the trail to myself for the whole first leg which took me about an hour. On the way back definitely saw more folks but still not bad. 81 degrees, so getting warmer. Finished the whole trail in 2 hours. Saw lupine, giant paintbrush, western azaela's which smelled amazing. The only negative was it was quite buggy. Enough to become annoying as the morning heated up. But all in all I really enjoyed it and it was nice to be able to bring my canine companion. I'm a bit frustrated in general with the limited trails you can take your dog in this state.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike since we didn't get a permit for Devils Bridge. It was a good length there and back, little to no incline most of the way, but a little anticlimactic since the side we ended up on was just a neighborhood road. Nicely shaded though throughout, which was a huge plus for a 90 degree day!

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23 days ago

Perfect for an afternoon solo jaunt

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hiking
1 month ago

excellent beginner trail.you can take your dogs and it's a kid friendly hike.not bad at all.

walking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for beginners, families and folks that don't typically get out. You follow the trail out and back so navigating is easy. Elevation gain is minimal so even someone that doesn't usually exercise should be able to get through it and get a taste for the outdoors.

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2 months ago

Excellent trail, well marked and heavily traveled. Beautiful scenery and great for dogs. If you park in the parking lot it's all uphill on the way back.

2 months ago