Suicide Rock Trail

MODERATE 309 reviews

Suicide Rock Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1883 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

Great view of Strawberry Valley, streams, the lovely San Jacintos This is a beautiful relatively easy (but very uphill) hike through the lush wonders of the San Jacintos. You will enjoy every minute. Suicide Rock is a great place to peer over the edge and contemplate life. You can also wonder what life might have been like for the Cahuilla version of Romeo and Juliet who legend says ended their lives here. The views are standard fare for the San Jacinto Wilderness - that is amazing. You get a great shot across Strawberry Valley at Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak, and you can take in the heights looking up at Marion Mountain and Jean Peak. Don't miss the short trek to the peak, where there is a register in a smiley face can at the top. Feel free to explore all around the edge of Suicide Rock, there are plenty of viewing platforms, but do be careful near the edge.

hiking
2 days ago

Missed the register in the smiley face! Wish I’d known to look for it. Beautiful views. Very cold last weekend when we did this hike. Windy at the top but so worth it. Steady climb but not difficult.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful fun hike all the way through, and of course the view at suicide rock is amazing. The complete hike registered at 8 miles for us and took us 4 hours. That was with a couple of breaks and relaxing at suicide rock to soak in the view. On our way to the hike we pulled over and asked a ranger about the adventure pass, he said we did not need one if we were only going to hike the trail but on the way up the hike we saw a sign that said we had to have one. Not sure what the deal is with the pass but we didn't return for one and were fine. I would definitely return to hike this trail again, I would go early so that you have enough time to take a break at suicide rock, the air is crisp and fresh and the view is amazing.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked to Suicide Rock and back. With a number of stops, took 5.5 hrs. Views were very nice at Suicide Rock but somewhat anti-climactic after 4 miles of hiking.

12 days ago

Great hike would recommend. Was challenging for me. You're supposed to have a wilderness permit to hike this trail. I know this because I got stopped by a friendly ranger last weekend and was reminded.

hiking
12 days ago

Good hike- took about 3 1/2 hours . We stopped at the top and chilled. Pretty and a good hike.

Don’t forget your hiking pass at the ranger station.
No dogs allowed

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery and lots of trees for shade! Even in our so called winter it was 67 degrees up there. At Suicide Rock the view is amazing and lots of flat rocks to have a nice lunch on and take it all in! It’s sunny at the rock so great photo op too. Good training hike for elevation gain.

21 days ago

Took me and my girlfriend about 3 hours total 1 1/2 up 1 1/2 down. First half is tough then it get a tad more forgiving.

trail running
1 month ago

Th first mile and a half + was a pretty challenging run. After that there were numerous areas to enjoy a relatively flat trip before climbing.

Although the scenery was amazing, the friendly people along the trail were even better.

1 month ago

great hike and trail. just hard enough.

1 month ago

Great hike! Well worth the hike to see the view!

hiking
1 month ago

relaxing hike with amazing views at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

This registered as almost 8.5 miles on a fitbit, so it's a bit farther than you may expect. Beautiful hike! Excellent workout!
Get a free wilderness permit at the ranger station and park on the side of the road near the Deerwood Springs Trailhead. Ranger station is about a 1/2 mile away from the trailhead. Parking is free. There is a bathroom at the ranger station for those of us who prefer the luxuries of indoor plumbing.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike!

1 month ago

Tough running

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike for the first time in about 10 yrs. Trial is mush better then it was back then. The hike itself is super nice and pretty easy. We started at 1pm and were back at our car by 430 even after spending almost an hr eating lunch on the rocks. It was a Sunday, So lots of other hikers. All very very nice except the one group of morons smoking weed and throwing rock over the side. Obviously Banning residents. All in All a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful views

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate hike with a great payoff! Make sure to get your wilderness day-pass at the ranger station in town first.

hiking
3 months ago

Solid hike.

3 months ago

Excellent hike with some awesome views. We were racing the clock to beat sundown, so we finished the hike in about an hour and twenty minutes.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome views throughout the entire trail. As close to nature as you can get in the Inland Empire.

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