Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail

MODERATE 92 reviews

Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2352 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
13 days ago

It was a beautiful day. Great hike !!!

19 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday with our 7 year old and it was amazing... highly recommend trail was very well defined and cleared.. not busy and great views go all the way around to the tower!!!!

hiking
25 days ago

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30 days ago

1 month ago

Park at the trailhead if your car can make it to avoid an extra mile of steep terrain. The trail itself is well maintained and has a gradual incline (except the last bit near the fire lookout) there's lots of shade until the last bit. The rock formations are incredible - the views get better and better with each step. Many places to stop for a picnic, too. It's remarkable that idyllwild has this "Yosemite" feel to it when you get up high on this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike. Amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Parked at South Ridge lot then up and down to Humber Park. Took 5 hours, but we stopped at the top for a while.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Went early last Saturday, excellent trail! Last section towards the top wasn't to bad, just pace yourself. Remember bug spray! Lots of great views and trail was kept up nicely...

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike up! The ranger let us go up the tower and check out his lodgings. The view is panoramic. There is a new bear warning sign at the trailhead!!! We didn't see any bears though.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful year round hiking

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike. Got it while doing the PCT in 2017. Little snow up there on the South Ridge at that time, but no biggie. Great views at the top and a cut off to San Jacinto trails. Enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing trail with the opportunity to end at one of the few remaining and most difficult to get to fire lookouts. The hike itself is moderately difficult, I would say mostly due to the elevation gains, but so worth the end result. However the loop is actually about 7.8 miles to the fire lookout and back, not 6.5. And if your car is not able to make it up the road to the trailhead and you have to park on the street you are looking at almost 10 miles round trip. We have never done this hike via devils slide because we think the views from this side as you go up are beyond amazing.

We typically start this hike around noon ish in the summer months and have no problem finishing it well before dinner.

3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Hike this trail early. The last section before the lookout is steep and sunny. I was carrying a 40# backpack. Trekking poles highly recommended-they helped tremendously on the way up and were indispensable on the way down. Enjoy! :-)