Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail is a 6.5 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
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2352 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
3 days 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! :-)

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike - good trails and great fire lookout building at the top. Fantastic views. Definitely worth it! Great intermediate hike - hard, but not too hard.

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mountain biking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

I love this trail. I have wanted to do it for many years and finally hiked up to the lookout then to Saddleback Junction, then down Devils Slide to Humber Park. Past only one other hiker on a Monday mid-morning on the South Ridge Trail. Very scenic. Quite hot in the afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, challenging trail. The forest road leading up to the trailhead is manageable with a moderately sized vehicle (crossover, SUV, or truck). The majority of the forest road is steep sand, with small paved sections riddled with potholes... if you don't care about your alignment or if you have a 4WD vehicle go for it. The trail has beautiful panoramic views, rock formations, and flora. The trail becomes increasingly difficult in the last mile- attributed to a combination of narrow, rocky switchbacks (hiking poles recommended) and altitude. Bring plenty of water and a few snacks to provide you enough energy to reach the top. It gets windy and chilly at the 8800' peak, layers recommended. Lastly, don't forget your day hiking permit at the ranger station in town, on weekends the rangers frequent the forest road where cars are parked.

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2 months ago

The road up to the trailhead is not recommended for low vehicles . Its steep and sandy but if you have a little ground clearance just keep your momentum headed upward and you will be fine . The trial itself starts out amazing . Tall trees and lots of flowers . You hike though a lot of rock formations and boulders . As others have said , That last mile or so , It"s a monster . My wife and I are 54 and in fair shape and made it in just over 2 hrs . BUT ! It was a little more then moderate in my opinion . Had a well deserved Sushi lunch on the Tower , watched the Butterflies, Lizards ,and Squirrels and took a nice long break along with lots of photos before starting down . Took our time explored on our way down and got back to our car in about 2 hrs . I have hiked this trial probably 10 times in the past And the best thing about this trial is you don't have to hike to the summit to have an amazing time . There are so many places to explore on this ridge that you could spend all day and not even make it halfway and be fine with that . One of my favs for sure .

2 months ago

nice incline to the top, real burner!
Definitely a great a hike to get your cardio and legs working.
Stunning views. The firelookout up top is a nice reward and the perfect place to have lunch.
Bring a hat and lots of water.

2 months ago

This hike has beautiful views from many parts of the trail, but the real reward is from the fire lookout at the top - 360 degrees of stunning! From Salton Sea to LA Basin to Mohave Desert! The forest which surrounds the trail is full of wonders and is quite untouched.

Be aware of the weather and your fitness level. This gets quite steep for the last 1/2 hour and the oxygen gets thin, making a 72 degree day into a gasping experience, at times.

We are above average fitness and seasoned hikers. It took 2.25 hours up and 1.75 hours down, which included breaks for photos and biology.

May 1st the trail was completely dry up to the lookout; beyond that there were some snow banks

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but length of hike depends of where you start. From EMT it is more than 6.5 but still very beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike. Manzanita trees blooming all along the lower portions of the trail

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Really great hike with super rewarding views. That last mile was TOUGH. The watch tower wasn't open on Saturday, April 15th. My FitBit said the hike was longer than 6.5 miles, but coming down the mountain felt like cake!

hiking
3 months ago

Probably one of the best trails I've been on. I really enjoyed the views all along the trail. The road up to the trail head is very bumpy I recommend parking at the bottom if you have a low clearance vehicle. Also, don't forget to pick up your free wilderness permit at the ranger station. Permits are required for wilderness travel.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike and the views are amazing. I went early on Easter Day and there was no one there. Saw people coming up as I went down. Beautiful hike. I will say that the last mile to the trailhead is single lane dirt road and very bumpy. I don't have a high clearance vehicle so only went up 1/2 way and walked to the trailhead.