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Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail

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Mount San Jacinto State Park

Suicide Rock via Deer Springs 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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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
bugs
rocky
11 hours ago

It was a challenge but worth the view. At the peak, you have a beautiful view of Taquitz Rock. I reccomend starting early due to the area getting packed later in the day.

17 hours ago

First time hiking this trail. It was a challenge but so worth it getting to the top!

I would consider myself an amateur hiker and this trail was fairly challenging but well worth it! We had lunch at the top and enjoyed every second! We will be doing this hike again.

Beautiful trail all the way. Nice waterfall about about a mile before the rock. Nice crisp Elsie, we started at 7am. No one on the trail until we were on our way down.

hiking
5 days ago

Blown away by this hike, a lot because I had the whole thing to myself setting up at 7:15 a.m. Only saw humans when en route down (weekday). Had the top to myself, too! Super well-maintained and clear the whole route. Did not seem like nearly 8 miles at all. Permit was (that day) unnecessary per the note at the closed Ranger Station, but display Adventure Pass in your parked car. WELL worth the effort to get started early, even if you are driving in from afar.

hiking
7 days ago

The views at the top are really spectacular... worth every foot of elevation gain. The trail itself is also quite lovely and has a small cascading waterfall about 1 mile from the top.

hiking
bugs
rocky
8 days ago

Beautiful views at the top! Very nice moderate trail. Watch out for snakes...it’s that season and saw one decent size rattlesnake.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Great hike

hiking
12 days ago

Bellísimo!!! highly recommend it!

hiking
15 days ago

What a beaut! The views from the top were breathtaking. I had to sit and soak it all in for about a half an hour. Now I wish I’d stayed for longer!

Busy trailhead but open during COVID, so wonderful opportunity to get outside for some distanced exercise!

Great hike. Wonderful waterfall. Didn’t make it to the top but had a great time with two boys and three adults. Definitely recommend and can’t wait to come back and do the whole thing!

hiking
22 days ago

NOT CLOSED AS OF 5/2/2020

hiking
over grown
22 days ago

Great hike to a granite overlook above Idlewild. Hiking through pine and cedar forest. great for a summer hike or a hot date.

hiking
1 month ago

As of 4/23/2020, it was still open. The trail is easy/moderate. A lot of snow in the higher elevations of the peaks. The snow is melting so there is a stream with a stunning waterfall 1/3 mile before you get to the top. The views are marvelous!!!! I Highly recommend it!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Insane views from the top. Highly recommend if you’re in the area. Lots of birds and cool trees

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icy
snow
1 month ago

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icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Great trail. Challenging but so rewarding with those views at the end! Still a bit snowy and icy/muddy near the top on 3/28, but definitely manageable.

First time on this trail. Very nice trail. well maintained. snow on top made it for more of an amazing hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! It had a little of everything. Forest area, a water crossing or two, snow, and EPIC views! Although there was not a ton of snow, I ended up wearing my microspikes on the way down and it helped a ton. I highly recommend them for this trail when there is snow. Hardly anyone on the trail - we actually saw more people coming up as we were coming down so I recommend to star early and you will have the peak to yourself for some really amazing photos. TIP: check out Idyllwild Brewing after the hike. What a cute place! Great beer. Great food.

hiking
rocky
snow
2 months ago

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