Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail

EASY 257 reviews
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Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail is a 5 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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
2 days ago

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.

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

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
19 days ago

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

backpacking
22 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike for families with kids and a fog

hiking
1 month ago

Had a wonderful time with my dog

1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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!

2 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

1 hr and 25min round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice 2 hr hike

hiking
5 months ago

Went on Black Friday with a friend. Definitely a very busy trail on a holiday as it is also closer to downtown Idyllwild. Smooth easy trail and basically level. Near the Humber Park end of the trail there is a sign for "Climbers Trail". This goes straight up the side of the mtn to the foot of Lily Rock. If you don't mind stopping to catch your breath a few times there are wonderful views besides the awesome sight of this massive rock. Took us only half an hour to come back down that trail to the Ernie Maxwell one. Very pleasant hike.

5 months ago

Nice views nice length hike

The description says it all. Easy hike. Nice views. Trailhead is downhill from main parking area. Get Adventure Pass ($5) at Ranger Station or Chevron. Parking gets full, so get there early. Lots of good breakfast spots in Ydillwild.

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Go to the Ranger Station in town to get a permit to park at the trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy and pretty.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty little scenic trail near Idyllwild with nice views of suicide rock. Not terribly challenging even for this beginning hiker, and some lovely shaded areas as you saunter through the forest. Little less than 5 miles, and it seems to be a popular trail as there were quite a few others enjoying the trail today as well.

8 months ago

Very scenic - A must hike for beginners

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. We started at the top and enjoyed the chance to warm up before working our way back up. Others started at the bottom and were smiling as we passed them on their downhill stretch. Enjoy!

9 months ago

Very nice pleasant hike.
Claims in he way out if you start from Humber park.

10 months ago

This was my first time hiking. It was also the first time with my 10 month son and I was nowhere near trained to do it, but I did complete it!! I'm glad we started at the bottom to go uphill and then the return was downhill. Trail was nice but it gets hot in late mornings in the summer.

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