Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

MODERATE 110 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
11 hours 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.

hiking
3 days ago

6 days ago

Super steep but super cool! Definitely coming back!

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7 days ago

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16 days ago

hiking
21 days 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
1 month 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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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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hiking
1 month 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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice steady climb. Saddle junction is large and a great place for a rest/snack. The fire lookout is awesome. Great views all around.

hiking
2 months ago

Me and my 6 year old son did this hike on August 9, 2017. Most of the trail was shaded it was a great hike. There was a small ranger station at the peak. A ranger invited us to come into the station and he gave my son a ranger certified card. My son was so excited!

2 months ago

went late july mid day. was a nice hike. Not an uncomfortable hike, but was ready to be down the hill the last mile or so. Saw a rattlesnake cross the trail on our way back down shortly after summit.