Red Tahquitz via Caramba Trail

HARD 2 reviews

Red Tahquitz via Caramba Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.9 miles
2805 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips


hot springs


Get a wilderness permit, and carry it with you. You are bound to come across a ranger on this trail (especially on the weekends.) The Devil's Slide Trail is overused and on a quota system, they will ask for it. After Saddle Junction, you should have a lot more solitude, most people opt for Tahquitz Peak rather than Red, it's a little farther too, which makes it the thumb's up choice for anyone who likes the wilderness to be wild.

16 days ago

Due to a fire (not sure which one) the trail is currently closed at the 2nd Tahquitz creek crossing. You have to traverse through the burnt forest to reach the summit. IMO, Red Tahquitz is better than the regular Tahquitz hike minus the watch tower. Red big rocks at the peak!

Sunday, March 27, 2016