As described in the issue of, Go Idyllwild: This area is filled with Manzanita trees with smooth, chocolate-colored bark and patches of bright wildflowers like lupine decorate the high-desert terrain at the start of the hike. Black oaks pepper the path, and towering pines mark the arrival of a more alpine landscape as you near the pinecone-strewn summit. When the trail ends, walk 100 feet to your right, circling around giant boulders to a secluded lookout spot with spectacular vistas. Yes, this is Suicide Rock of Idyllwild. Come join me on this journey to explore nature's beauty.
Location: The plan is to meet at Deer Springs Trail head right across the street from Idyllwild Nature Center at 8:45a. From there, we will begin our ~3.5 mile hike up to Suicide Rock to enjoy the views and have lunch.
MODERATE hike: ~7 miles, 2000 ft elevation gain, starting at 5000 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
What to bring: An Adventure Pass will be required to park at Deer Springs Trailhead. This could be purchased at BIG FIVE sporting goods or Iydllwild Ranger Station the day of the hike.
I will also acquire the hiking permit. Up to 12 people are allowed on the permit. If we get more than 12, I will need a person to pick up a second permit. Permits are obtained at the Iydllwild Ranger Station.
At least 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, layers of clothing, sunscreen, camera, hiking poles if you use them.
You can also refer to the following link regarding the 10 essentials to have when hiking:
Also, what you bring from this list of essentials will depend on the individual's preferences, knowledge, experience, climate and locations may/will require substitutions.
Warning: Please be in hiking shape for this activity. If you cannot handle the distance of ~7 miles, elevation gains 2000ft, and altitude of `7000ft, please do not RSVP for this activity. This is considered a semi-strenuous hike.
If you bring a guest you must stay with them and are responsible for their safety
Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the Palm Springs&Inland Empire Hiking Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.