Tahquitz Peak/Lookout up Devil's Slide Trail 9Mi 3,000G/L Intermediate

  • August 24, 2013 · 7:15 AM
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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.

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  • Jeff w.

    Rod, I don't think you've lost a step compared to before. Sure everyone needs breaks; You've always taken breaks before. I recall we've even taken catnaps during your hikes before! Keep up the good work. Many miss the fearless cat herder.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Danielle W.

    My 1st time to the lookout...very cool. Thank you Aida, Rod and Janae!

    August 26, 2013

  • Ava

    A nice hike and nice day in the mountains. Nice to see everyone.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Danielle W.

      Vincent, When food is involved, you gotta be fast around me!

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      Danielle, You are so cute! I admire you. You deserved. and thank you for the ICE CREAM.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Bob and A.

    What a beautiful trail and the lookout tower was really cool! Thank you Rod, for leading, Danielle for the ice cream (a first on the trail!) Janae for the birthday ballon, Kimla for driving, Eva for the cookies and a big thanks to all of you for hiking with our group. It was so great to get out there again! Sorry we missed you for lunch.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Janae C

    It was a fun day hiking with friends! Thanks everybody.

    August 25, 2013

  • Kimla

    Fun day! Thanks Rob, Aida and Janae for organizing the hike.
    Thanks to Danielle for bringing us the delicious ice cream to the peak!

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    Great hike, thank you

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my favorite area to hike in and I love this particular route. Wish I could attend so bad. Enjoy everyone! Great to see you back at it Aida!

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Bob and A.

      We'll miss you Keith!

      August 23, 2013

    • Bob and A.

      No Bob on ghi hike

      August 23, 2013

  • Jeff w.

    Rod hike..... Yeah!! Any carpool room left at Orange PNR?

    August 23, 2013

  • Frank R.

    I am comming from Moreno Valley. So we have to be at the Trail Head at 730 AM?

    August 23, 2013

    • Frank R.

      Look forward to hiking with you too. Did they pre order the Permits? Or are they picking them up there for us?

      August 23, 2013

    • Janae C

      Aida and I will take care of the permits for everyone. See you at the trail head.

      1 · August 23, 2013

  • shantelle

    is there anyone i could carpool with? i'm in the Alhambra/Pasadena area...

    August 22, 2013

  • shantelle

    hello everyone:-)i am very excited about attending this hike and meeting all of you!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    May I carpool with anyone, Orange Park & Ride.

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      Thank you Janae, see you at 5:30

      August 22, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      Janae, thank you

      1 · August 22, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Can I bring my dog? I believe they're allowed on this trail (outside the state wilderness park). I'll already be camping in Silent Valley above Banning and have my dog with me.

    August 20, 2013

    • Bob and A.

      Hi Tony, I will call the ranger station today to ask about your dogs. Thanks for coming with us!

      1 · August 21, 2013

    • Bob and A.

      Tony, spoke with the ranger and dogs ARE allowed on that trail! See you Saturday.

      1 · August 21, 2013

  • Muku

    Is this hike have limit? due to permit?

    August 21, 2013

    • Bob and A.

      I am working on opening up the hike for more people. Are you coming Muku?

      August 21, 2013

  • Jessie

    I've been wanting to do this but doing Whitney this weekend. Have fun see you next time. Happy trails.

    1 · August 20, 2013

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