Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

MODERATE 142 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

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

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
11 days ago

Beautiful views and well kept trails!! A bit of ice at the top by the fire lookout but clear besides that.

24 days ago

Hiked this trail last Sunday, snow on the ground from beginning to end. Beautiful views and moderate elevation gain throughout. Hope to go again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, not very crowded.

1 month ago

Hiked this trail up to the fire tower and was not disappointed. Long but easy trail; last 10 minutes to tower pretty steep but well worth it. Views are amazing and would definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Currently has snow at the top, in case you were unaware of that like I was. Weather was great in shorts and a t-shirt for the lower half, upper half was a little cold for that. Great hike in SoCal!

hiking
1 month ago

Hike today with my 8 year old son... beautiful hike, easy to follow trail. Beautiful view from the top. It took a total of just over 4 hours round trip. Weather in Idyllwild was mid 60s... we hiked in short sleeves and were comfortable, even though most of paths were shaded. Surprising not very crowded. A great way to spend New Years Day!

hiking
1 month ago

It's winter. But today I hiked to the Tahquitz fire lookout cabin via Devil's Slide out of Humber Park in shorts! And I wasn't the only one! Wonderful day! I have hiked to the same destination a few times before via south Ridge Trail. Today's route is definitely more trafficked--allows dogs whereas the other does not; also a lot shadier. Both are excellent. If you want a cooler route, take Devil's Slide; if you crave more sun, head up South Ridge. Happy hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this today and I was the first and only one up before 10am. I passed four other hikers on my way down. Cold, windy day but made for a beautiful view at the lookout.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike. Im a Bigfoot enthusiast and Tahquitz is an Indian word for Sasquatch or Mountain Ape.

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

4 months ago

Super steep but super cool! Definitely coming back!

hiking
4 months 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
5 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!

hiking
5 months ago

We got up early and hit the trail by 8 am! It was fantastic!! For this hike you need an ADVENTURE PASS! Get it in town before you go the trail head, you will also need a parking pass that you can get at any ranger station. Bring lots of water and enjoy the views!

hiking
5 months ago

Great Hike! Took my 9 and 12 year old and they did great. The initial mile and the last mile were the most challenging for everyone. Make sure you get your squirrel card if the lookout is open.

5 months ago

Great trail! Make sure to bring plenty of water. The fire watch station at the top is definitely worth the trip.

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