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Red Tahquitz via Caramba Trail

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San Jacinto Wilderness

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

Distance: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,805 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

bird watching


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.

11 months ago

Are there actually Hot springs? or some sort of spring... a pool? Im really looking for Good hot spring hikes.

Wed Apr 17 2019

We only made it to Saddle Junction but it was beautiful. A bit of snow at the end.

Sun Dec 16 2018

Trail was reopened on Saturday December 15th from the Mountain Fire closure. Be prepared for quite a bit of snow from the Saddle on. Trail was still easy to navigate along Caramba and the PCT juncture but once getting to the Tahquitz creek crossing things got a little tricky. Snow was about a foot deep at that point. Managed to follow the download and visualize where the trail was until about .3 miles from the peak. Since it hasn’t been maintained, the amount of snow disguises the terrain and could be quite unsafe for the inexperienced hiker. We were the first (legal) footprints in the snow from the creek on and it was an epic experience. The views were outstanding ❤️ Red Tahquitz we’ll be back for you!!

Thu Jan 04 2018

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!

7 months ago

7 months ago

road biking
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Sat Jan 26 2019