I am so excited to be able to hike on one of the trails in the San Jacinto Wilderness! This is one of a few trails that is open for hiking. Tahquitz Peak at 8,826 feet is the second highest peak in the San Jacinto mountains after San Jacinto itself. The summit overlooks Idyllwild and is guarded by dramatic granite buttresses most notably Tahquitz Rock or Lily Rock. Hikers use several pronunciations but the correct Cahuilla pronunciation is "taw-kwish".
I will acquire a wilderness permits for 12 people. PLEASE only sign up if you seriously plan on going. No shows or last minute cancellations deny others the chance at a great and memorable day. If interest is high I will do my best to pull a few more wilderness permits and raise the hiker cap. We will meet at 7:15 A.M. and start shortly after.
DISTANCE: This hike is approximately 11+ miles as planned, with about 3000 feet of altitude gain/loss. High elevation point of the hike will be at Tahquitz Peak lookout at 8,826 feet. DIFFICULTY: This is a modestly strenuous hike. ABOUT THE HIKE: We will begin our adventure by meeting at the Humber Park parking lot, which can be reached off of Hwy 243, north on Pinecrest Ave. to Fern Valley Rd. At Fern Valley Road veer left and continue to the Humber Park Devil’s Slide Trailhead. Check the map link above for a printable map. We will meet at 7:15 A.M. and start the hike shortly after. We'll ascend up Devil's Slide Trail 1,600 feet in the first 2.5 miles, then veer right at Saddle Junction onto the PCT (there are a number of trails at this junction) and head up another 1,000 feet in altitude and 1.4 miles to South Ridge Trail Junction. We will head right on South Ridge .4 miles to a short spur up to Tahquitz Summit and the Lookout Tower. We will rest at the lookout, eat lunch and savor the awesome view and great company. We will head back the same way we came.
Bring a lunch, snack, water. Plan on an all day event.
Recommended Items: It can get very cold so layers of clothing are important. Bring water, a lunch, snacks and anything else you need to be comfortable and safe..Bring extra water/electrolytes. Hydrate before and during the hike.Bring high-energy snacks
Bring charged cell phone, personal first aid kit, flashlight, and whistle
Wear hiking shoes with traction - Trails can be steep, slippery and/or rocky
Wear and bring hat, sunscreen and appropriate attire/gear based on terrain and weather conditions. Participants are solely responsible for their regular and emergency medicines, including, importantly for food, plant and sting allergies, whether or not they have a history of such allergies.
If you choose to sign up for this or any Adventurers Unlimited Meetup event, you are releasing the Adventurers Unlimited Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.