Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail

MODERATE 60 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

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.

22 days 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

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23 days ago

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

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25 days ago

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

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1 month 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!

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

This trail was suggested by a ranger because the peaks altitude was second to Mt. San Jacinto. I didn't trust my rental, a Hyundai Sonata, to make it up the dirt trail to the trail head. After hiking up the dirt trail, I wish I wouldn't had been reluctant on driving up the trail. In all, great hike. If you scan for opportunities, there were several beautiful vantage points for photography throughout the trail. Very small segments of the trail still have snow on it. From the beginning of the dirt trail, the hike lasted a little under 4 hours and the length was around 9.5 miles.

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5 months ago

Constant incline but rewarding view from the top!

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