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Hiked up to the fire lookout on 3/19/19. Trails were completely snow-covered above 7500 feet, necessitating the use of microspikes and poles with baskets. Ice axe provided some additional security at the higher switchbacks. The trail itself is lovely, and the views are fantastic. I especially love the upper switchbacks. Gorgeous view from the fire lookout, although massive snowdrifts and cornices prevented the short hike to the actual summit rock.. Although high clearance 2WD/4WD can drive a good portion of the access road, the last 1/5 mile is not passable in a 4 wheel vehicle due to massive runoff ruts in the road. Park at the picnic area just before the road splits near the trailhead to avoid having to drive backwards...

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6 days ago

Great hike. Some snow in the last mile that got slippery at times but overall a beautiful hike. Definitely recommend.

This trail reopened in December 2018. FYI I’m a resident of Idyllwild. The road to the Trailhead, depending on weather may not be possible even with a 4WD... hiking up the road will add another 2 miles RT!

Spotty snow until you get to within 1/2 mile of suicide rock. Mini spikes and poles would have made a few sections safer. 38 degrees at parking lot but down to just one wicking layer as we hiked up. Great hike and excellent views! The rock outcrop does plenty of justice to its name.

beautiful views, lots of creeks and small waterfalls, easier hike not too much elevation

It was completely beautiful , but I honestly couldn’t finish the trail , the was a lot of snow . The trail became narrow, and with all the snow it was scary .

full loop is nice and green and really pretty, definitely take advantage of this before summer when everything dies. not too hard. good way to kill a couple of hours

Hiked this trail in early March when there was still a fair amount of snow on it which made it a bit icy and needed to be careful where we stepped. Beautiful views. Crosses 7 little creeks.

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20 days ago

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1 month ago

Deep snow, Maia was struggling.

1 month ago

So beautful!

Hiked this past weekend. Snow shoes were almost a must as you get towards the midway point onwards due to the recent precipitation otherwise you’ll be sinking to your waist in snow. Beautiful views and a great challenge for a winter climb.

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snow
1 month ago

Conditions where great watched the sunset for the peak unexplainably site of its own, hiked back in the dark would do it again

Great hike walked back in the dark

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snow
1 month ago

Did this trail in about two hours on sunday jan 20th. A tiny bit of snow near the top. It could get Icey if the temps drop significantly, but mostly easy to get around with just regular boots... no need for microspikes or anything.

love this hike going up. Was too hard on my knee coming back down. But will do it again soon

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Hit this hike Sunday 1/13, with a group of 6, right between storms with absolutely PERFECT weather. 28 degrees at 7am when I arrived, still at or below freezing when we started at 8. Had to stop once or twice early to dial in the proper amount of layers, settled with regular wind/water resistant pants, quick dry T shirt and light weight pullover. Obligatory wool socks/water proof(ish)boots. Beanie for good measure on the way down.

What can I say, as soon as you get done taking in the spectacular views in one spot, just hike for about 20 more minutes to be blown away again. This continues all the way to Suicide Rock which does not disappoint! We started early and everything was covered in a fresh powder that packed nicely and just amplified the experience. On the way back(passed a few groups headed up) it was warming up and melting so it was almost a different hike coming down. All in all 7.5 miles, 1956ft gain 3hr 45 min and a kick ass time.

Great hike. The beginning had the most elevation gain and then flattened out a bit so if you can get through the first half hour, you will be fine. It started snowing hard on our way up but but we finished the hike. The snow made the hike just that much more spectacular. It felt like a winter wonderland. No views from the peak though due to the snow and clouds. Thankfully we brought a ton of layers because it got very very cold near the top with the heavy snow.

Beautiful trail and not many people on it. It’s challenging and it’s close to 4 miles up with a 2,000ft elevation gain (according to my Apple Watch). There was snow/ice is many places so make sure to wear hiking shoes and not tennis shoes. Dress in layers. It’s chilly, especially if you go early in the morning like I did.

We did this trail in reverse so we would have the uphill section first. Great New Year’s Day hike! Lots of friendly people along the trail.

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2 months ago

Great work out if you keep the pace up. We made it up and down in 3 hours. Great views at the top!

Had to turn back about a mile and a half from the top due to a late start, but oh my, what an amazing hike. Awesome views, no crowds, perfect conditions. Temps were in the upper 40s at the trailhead when I parked at 9:30am. Parking lot was nearly empty. I stopped by the ranger station in town to pick up a permit just in case, but there were none available in the outdoor kiosk and the station itself was closed. Not sure anyone’s checking during the govt shutdown. Lots of snow and ice. I had on micro spikes for most of the hike. Snow was over the ankles for a good bit. Made for a fun trip.

Absolutely stunning. A wonderful hike filled with beauty and spectacular views.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike that’s the perfect mix just-strenuous-enough, sweeping vistas, beautiful trees, and hiker-friendly boulders (not slippery). Can take more slowly if you want less difficult.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike, very steep! Well marked trail

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2 months ago

Hiked this trail on 1/1/19 - so beautiful with fresh snow on the ground! I Did not need micro spikes but hiking stick may help some on the way down! It was a little bit windy at the end, dress warmly! Trail is well marked.

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