Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

MODERATE 94 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

hiking
12 days 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
14 days 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!

17 days 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.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful views all the way around! Definitely worth the climb to the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible view at the top! Definitely worth the climb. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be on a leash.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views. Worth the trip to the peak to see the fire lookout.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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.