Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

MODERATE 121 reviews

Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

Historic fire-lookout, great views, incredible San Jacintos, loop opportunity. This is the most heavily used trail in The San Jacinto Wilderness, the parking lot is right on the border. You will see lots of people on the weekend, the trail quota fills up fast. You might see rangers on this trail, so do get a permit, this isn't the south ridge, or Marion Mountain, and if you're like me, you'll pass them on the way up. This is an elevation gainer, no question about it. You will know that you are climbing a peak. If you are a novice hiker, it will definitely border on strenuous, but the experienced hiker will rough it out in nothing flat. It takes me right around two hours to do it. It's a beautiful trail, though, and as long as no one is too obnoxious, you should enjoy relative peace and tranquility.

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hiking
3 days ago

it was a great hike definitely not the out of shape people, a significant elevation gain 95% of the elevation gain is on the way to the lookout, back down is really all downhill.

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20 days ago

The hardest part was the devils slide part is uphill climb but my 7 year old did it we stopped at the junction or lunch then pushed to the peak the last half mile of the peak is tough and tight trail so if u have kids or pets be cautious.. we loved this hike and it was worth it!!!

hiking
23 days ago

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23 days ago

Gorgeous views all around at the top! Outstandingly well-maintained and breathtaking trail. Apple’s Health app said 9 miles. Took me 5 hours, 3 going up and 2 going down. Took 3-4 5 minute breaks and many 1-2 minute breaks going up. I consider myself to be sorta-kinda-in-shape. Easy to get to, just take Ferndale all the way to the topmost parking lot if you can.

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29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike. Make sure you have a parking pass for Humber park. That is where you will park and the trail head is. Amazing views of giant granite formations. Amazing tree coverage. Great getaway for tourists and San Diegans.

hiking
1 month ago

A very beautiful hike! The first 2.5 miles of Devil’s Slide Trail are a workout. Once you make it up to the junction, the rest of the trail is gentle and fun. You can climb the fire tower for stunning views and maybe even see all the way to Catalina. This is one of the best hikes in Idyllwild, so arrive early on summer weekends to find parking.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Super steep but super cool! Definitely coming back!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike, 1st mile and last 1/2 has good elevation gain but not too bad. Gorgeous views. Busy trail but enough room for everyone. Weather gets cooler as you reach elevation.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail! the 1st and last mile or so have pretty good elevation climb. A Lot of the trail is shaded. definitely bring a light jacket you can take on and off. pick up your hiking pass at the ranger station. there's a stack of them available outside the doors, so you don't have to wait until 8 am when they open to grab one. they're free. adventure pass is $30 and you can get pretty much at any gas station. bring plenty of water and snacks. beautiful views to enjoy lunch from the top!

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2 months ago