Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail

MODERATE 778 reviews

Suicide Rock Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,853 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no dogs

Great view of Strawberry Valley, streams, and 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.

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rocky
6 hours ago

such a fun 6.6 mile hike! Went on Monday morning and didn’t see anyone at the top, only coming down from the hike. The last 0.5 mile is icy at the stop and slippery in a few spots, no micro spikes needed! have fun out there :,)

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muddy
snow
2 days ago

Great trail! It was a little icy up at the top, but well worth the risk because the views are beautiful!

hiking
2 days ago

1/25/2020 Always a great sunny hike with an excellent view for the reward! A bit of hard packed snow towards the top.

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snow
4 days ago

Great trail. Went last week 1/16. Sooo hiker. Blue saw 1 couple on their way down. And another sooo hiker in their way up. Think it’s a bit more than 6.3. The first 2 miles up were the toughest part of the incline. There was snow at the top. Trail was a bit difficult to follow at some parts. I got off trail following some footsteps in the snow & missed the switchback. Be careful and pay attention...especially as the sun goes down. Also careful trekking through some of the icy parts. I definitely slipped ate it in the snow (all part of the journey :)

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icy
8 days ago

Beautiful day hike- some patches of ice. Towards the top some snow to trek through. Enjoyable.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail. Didn’t get to finish the whole trail but from what I did see it was a great hike. Starts off on the side of the highway near the county park. Not sure if an adventure pass is needed but I did have one to be safe. A wilderness permit is required and is free and easily filled out at the ranger station less than 2 minutes away. The hike is fairly easy and trail conditions are great. It’s not rocky, overgrown, or overly exposed. Once you pass the first half mile or so you get that nice Mountain tranquility with the fresh pine smell and the sound of the wind through the pine needles. There’s also a creek running along Side the trail. Would do again to the peak also there’s the opportunity to extend your hike through the San jac wilderness

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icy
9 days ago

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snow
12 days ago

Great trail! Only saw 5 other hikers. Pretty tiring incline but worth it once you’re at the top! The last mile or so had some pretty slippery snow so be careful.

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icy
15 days ago

it's an amazing trail modern to easy

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snow
15 days ago

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rocky
snow
15 days ago

Great trail with some great views of the mountains. Micro Spikes were helpful for the last mile thru some ice and snow but you can do it without the spikes.

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snow
16 days ago

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icy
snow
21 days ago

icy
scramble
22 days ago

a slow and steady incline that goes back and forth . no dogs sign midway through which is very inconvenient if you walk up with a dog then realize you can't keep going . very crowded tons of people here you will see a person every 3-5 minutes

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icy
23 days ago

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snow
25 days ago

snow
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great in the snow!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 12/15. Beautiful day. The trail is mostly obvious, but to clear up a little ambiguity: 1) at the main trailhead, there is a left/right fork. Take the right fork and continue on the trail to find suicide rock. 2) 2-2.5 miles into the trail, you will see a sign indicating the direction to suicide rock (1 mile away from suicide rock at that point). This will be the first and only indication that you are on the path to suicide rock. The trail itself is peaceful and had a NorCal vibe. Lots of trees and big pine cones. Didn’t see any wildlife, though bears are a possibility on this trail. No bugs either, thankfully. The summit view looks like something from a Yosemite postcard. Massive rock race with dramatic, variable trees. I didn’t know Southern California had trails like this. I only gave the trail 4 stars because I’ve been spoiled by better trails in Yosemite. Very enjoyable day hike overall.

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