Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Idyllwild with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

the elevation gain is no joke. excellent and challenging trail

Lots of gnats and other flying pests during the summer, so prepare.

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. Easy walk. Be careful when walking across highway 243 to the lake from the parking lot. Traffic coming from Idyllwild has no pedestrian traffic sign.

this was an easy trail going out from the trailhead, coming back was more of a climb. although if you start from taquitz rd (if I remeber the street name correctly) you will be going up and than an easy down. it was a little more narrow trail in many spots, and it was warmer this day. we started at 7 am and the bugs were pretty heavy, although this was one of the hottest days of our Summer. we ended and were back home in Hemet by 11 and before we left we went to eat breakfast so it was a quick hike. have fun hiking.

One of my most favorite trails in the San Jacinto range. A 6am start got me to the summit at 9:50 am, and 30 minuets on the summit alone ahead of the Traminites. This is one of the more difficult routes to the summit as you will lose 750 feet of elevation along the undulating ridge section of the trail that will need to be regained on your return. Access to the trailhead is also difficult with the need to drive a sometimes rough dirt road to get there. 2 wheel drive is okay but decent clearance is a must for the few areas that are deeply rutted. If you follow my off trail route please make sure you carry a topo map and compass or GPS unit with topo’s loaded and know how to use them. Enjoy and be safe.

A group of friends and I completed this hike last weekend. I wanted to post some clarifying information about the access road! The worst part of the road is just past the gate where too many people have tried to get through and dug the road out to hell. We made it through (in low gear) in a small AWD SUV but our friends in a 2WD Rav4 did not. I would highly suggest just coaxing your AWD car or truck through slowly because the access road is very steep, mostly paved, and way better to do in a car than on foot!

Once you turn onto the dirt road there are spots to park right away or you can drive all the way to the actual walking trail, cutting this to 6.4mi round trip. We’ve hiked a lot in the Idyllwild area, including multiple routes to Taquitz and Saddle Junction. This route has the best views and the fewest people. The half-mile right before the peak is a moderate challenge and fairly exposed, but the rest is an easy grade with lots of shade. Concur with the “moderate” rating; our 7 and 9yo did the round trip without a problem (we’re active but we live at sea level). We saw one rattler (decent size, 4-ish feet and 10 buttons on the tail) which means there were a few more out there so stay aware. Overall, a fun half-day hike with rewards on the way and at the top.

Gorgeous hike

Easy hike, lots of bugs don't forget your Off Spray. My kids loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail from the park to the Idylwild nature center with great views. Our Ham radio club goes every Friday to get out of the heat and enjoy the nature

This is my favorite trail of all times up in the San Jacintos

Easy trail, great warm up trail, easy to follow.

Very pretty trail, but note that the ascent is on the return as there's a steady almost unnoticeable downgrade going out from the trailhead. Trail was well-maintained, nice views, lots of ttees, and brush with cute little lizards racing through. It has a Climbers Trail offshoot that my daughter explored for a few...it looked fun and I would have joined her if I hadn't had the baby on my back. Overall nice trail, I'll do it again but earlier in the day and preferably without a mini hitchhiker. ;)

This trail is currently CLOSED!! :( Went to hike it a week ago and couldn't.

Beautiful trail with nice views

I'm a moderately Advanced hiker. I would consider this trial extremely easy. My girlfriend's 8 year old and 6 year old did it no problem.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and difficult hike! Will get your legs hurting but the views and rocks are cool and the peak view is worth it. Have hiked this trail two times, it does get hot so bring a lot of water.

We loved this trail for trail running and used it as a warm up day before San Jacinto via Marion.

Great views and fun to see so many PCT red

Gorgeous wildflowers this time of year!!

This was really great. Went with my wife, two kids (15 & 10), and our dog. We had a great time. Very well maintained and everyone we came across was friendly and wanted to pet our dog. Parking was easy and Idyllwild is a great little town too. We’ll be back.

A well shaded, easy hike through mixed forest. Great variety of flora and some sweeping views.

I did this hike on Mother’s Day w my husband and my daughter.
We start from the lower trailhead
Where little parking is available.
We started at 7am and walked the easy trail to the other end of the trailhead At Humber Park. We took our time at took lots of pictures during our hike. We could see suicide rock and taquitz peak
From the path at times but it was very cloudy & cooler temps today .
The details say it’s 5 miles but it’s longer and not too much incline.
At the turn around point ( the other trail head) we enjoyed the small creek w waters flowing. So I prefer the return to the car back mostly downhill. I recommend this for family friendly.

Nice easy trail

spectacular trail, great views

Good and easy - pretty. Remember to put your dogs on a leash it’s the law. Everyone you pass is always super friendly

backpacking
3 months ago

Great trail for all levels. Plenty of shade for those hot days and nice views from time to time.

Fun hike for families with kids and a fog

Had a wonderful time with my dog

Love this trail! It’s a quick one, but so worth it if you have a small dog and want to get him/her some exercise outdoors!

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