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Suicide Rock Trail

MODERATE 728 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

snow

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.

hiking
20 days ago

Perfect day hike to a gorgeous ending! Photo op all the way but esp at the “Rock” There is not a sign marker to let you know you have arrived but keep going and veer left and sit on the edge rocks...soak up the sun and scenery!

hiking
24 days ago

It was my first of many hikes to come. I had to push myself but when I got to the top it was worth it

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike and incredible views. Other than altitude gain, this is an easy hike. Clear and well maintained trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Had a great time! Reaching the top was so beautiful, we packed a lunch and sat up there for about an hour or so... can’t wait to go again!

hiking
bugs
25 days ago

Absolutely perfect weather in the 60’s. Trail is very easy to follow. Beautiful scenery. Fall leaves falling from the trees. Acorns on the trail. Lots of shade. Gnats, but not that many. Had rock all to ourselves.

backpacking
27 days ago

great fall day on 15 November. gnats were annoying the first mile or so. water flowing 2/3 of the way up.

Nice moderate hike. Great views and scrambling at the end.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

The gnats were so horrible we covered our nose and mouth with bandannas which made breathing difficult. They still went for our eyes and ears. We abandoned it at 2 miles because it stopped being fun with the gnats. I’m not sure when these pests will be gone. Enjoyed the town and the all Vegan restaurant!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

The gnats continue to be an issue. I would not recommend this hike until they diminish. This hike is a favorite of ours and the bugs ruined the experience. Moderate steep sections. For the most part very solid footing. Beautiful view at the top of the trail.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

A lot of gnats on my way up that made things frustrating at times; just keep moving. Great view at the top. Well maintained trail. I saw one couple in my way up and one on my way down. Highly recommend this easy/moderate hike. GPS said it was 7.4 miles.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

The first two miles up was rough with all the bugs (gnats?). As we gained some elevation and the temperatures cooled under the shade of the tall trees, the bugs subsided and the trail leveled off a bit. Once you get to the suicide rock area the views are quite spectacular. Next time I will load up with bug replant and a hat with a mosquito net. Yes, the bugs were that bad! But again, all worth it in the end. :)

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Great hike early morning. Sat on suicide rock by our selves. Way too many gnats made the decent a bit unpleasant. Great hike. .

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Not as difficult as I though it might be. I had cell coverage for more than 95% of the time, very nice for safety sake. Parking was a little tough.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Addressing the GNAT problem...they certainly are a GNuisance and at times were downright aGNnoying, but most of the time we didn't even GNotice them. Its a very GNice hike. Ha. Seriously, I was a little worried about the critters, but it wasn't that bad. Its a beautiful hike, a manageable incline. and plenty of shady spots. We clocked closer to 8 miles. The view at the top is spectactular. Make sure you get the wilderness pass!!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike! But that might be the beer talking. We started this hike at 8:30 (the wilderness passes are available 24 hours a day 1/2 mile down the road-“blue copy in the box, white copy in your pocket” says Park Ranger Joyce) I would start earlier if I was do again. I wish I would have taken serious the comments on gnats because they consumed a lot the enjoyment. Get a hat with a net if that sort of thing bothers you. We clocked this at 7.5 miles but we took a couple detours. You can extend your hike..I will post a sign you will see about 2 miles up the mountain.. Once you are at the top you forget all about the gnats because the views are gnat/bug free! Read about the Cahuilla legend associated with Suicide Rock. Feel the past history of these mountain ranges and all the lives who have lived here before us. Then head to Idyllwild Brew Pub for a beer to reward yourself! We did!

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure to fill out a day pass at the center. One person per group. Great hike and take your time.

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Beautiful. Manageable incline all the way up, stunning views. The gnats were almost intolerable. I would absolutely bring a hat with netting to hike this area again. You do need a permit.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike. A little buggy this time of year. Wonderful views. We Sven saw a deer on the way back down.

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Great varied terrain up to the lookout. Some bugs bothered us throughout but nothing that bit or stung. Get to the trailhead early as parking fills up. Would recommend and do again!

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hike. Great view from the top. Can get hot in the summer months.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Great easy hike with minimal elevation. No dogs allowed, and you need to get a permit for this trail in town before hiking.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Longer than it says. Start early, by 9am to avoid the heat. Up hill all the way there, but worth it when you get there.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Could've been much more enjoyable if it weren't for so many bugs.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Idyllwild! Nicely marked trail, moderate elevation gain, and fantastic views at the top! Must do when in the area

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