Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

MODERATE 83 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
2434 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.

hiking
4 days ago

16 days ago

So beautiful. Started at South Ridge then made my way from Tahquitz Peak to Humber Park via this trail. The Pacific Crest Trail portion of this hike is on the east ridge of the mountain ridge, offering much welcomed shade from the dense pine trees. Once you connect to Devil's Slide, be ready for hot afternoon sun, especially as you descend to the lower portion of the trail. No cell service in Humber Park so if you need a ride be sire to arrange in advance.

17 days ago

Really cool. Was my first time, but definitely looking forward to doing it again.

hiking
23 days ago

Excellent trail with stellar views. Great meditation spot at the lookout tower. Awesome Memorial Day hike.

29 days ago

Lovely trail! Challenging uphill but the views at the top are spectacular!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail - it's amazing how much the terrain and environment changes with the elevation gain. Started with sun, went through rain, sleet, snow and back to sun again. Be sure to stop and get a permit at the ranger station - they are out there checking. Very friendly but they always ask for your permit.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on May 2 2017. No snow on the way up to Saddle Junction. About 0.5 miles past Saddle Junction snow patches began to impede the trail, but it was still passable with some care (and no special equipment). Another 0.75 miles and snow blocked the path forward (~8550'). Was just a few yards from the ridge overlooking the gorge across from the peak, though. Great spot for a rest, a snack, and then return to Saddle Junction.

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hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike, lots of switchbacks and the last mile up is a challenge but worth it. Amazing view at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

We loved this hike. We hiked in mid April and had to hike trough some pretty thick ice and snow to reach the top. We got there and really enjoyed it. But it was definitely challenging. The scenery is stunning and and views along the way are unreal. The weather was perfect and we could see for miles from the top. We saw lots of squirrels, colourful birds and a mystery black animal climbing a tree!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike, but this time of year ( Late November) you need to be aware of the potential snow/ice conditions. The last set of switchbacks up to the peak was too dangerous unless you had micro-spikes on your boots. Continuous melting/refreeze had turned the trail into an ice-rink and we had to turn around. As we came back down it was clear the many of the hikers coming up the slide had no idea that even at the saddle it was really quite cold, snowy and icy.

7 months ago

Great day in Nov for a hike. Did this trail having never been to the area. Length was closer to 9m when all was said and done. The scenery is stunning and It's pretty much uphill the whole way. The second part of the climb is easier. Bring minimum 2 liters of water!

Note, you must have a car day pass and a permit. Pass is $5 and the permit is free. You can get them from the ranger station in Idyllwild. I went to the parking lot at the head and had to go back. There were rangers on the trail asking for the permit.

Well worth the time and energy! Can't wait to do another trail here...

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty strenuous hike, once you get to the junction it kinda levels out but it's still a great work out! Amazing views at the top. Once your into the forest you can go to the right off the trail and basically hit amazing views off any point. Worth it but bring a sweater, once your past the junction it's freezing!

7 months ago