Join Lori as she leads the group up Tahquitz Peak Lookout. Its elevation of 8,828 feet is the highest lookout in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is also the forest’s longest continuously operated station, serving some 77 years, and is the only lookout located inside a Wilderness area.
Tahquitz Peak is located along the Desert Divide in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California. From the summit of this alpine beauty, views abound. To the north, Marion Mtn is seen across Tahquitz Valley. Palm Springs can be seen to the east along with the Santa Rosa mountains. Looking south on a clear day in the afternoon, you can see the Mt Palomar telescope dome glittering in the sunlight. Westerly vistas are of the Inland Empire, as well as San Gabriels.
The origin of Tahquitz's name is derived from the Cahuilla god Tahquish who believe the peak to be the god's home.
Distance: 7.8 miles round trip
Elevation: 2000 elevation gain
Warning: This is not a Beginner hike. This is a semi-strenuous hike. So please be in hiking shape before coming out to this activity.
Meeting location: We'll meet at 8:30a at Idyllwild Ranger Station and we'll head to Humber Park at 8:40a and begin hike at 9:00a.. If you already know where Humber Park is, you can meet us there. Also, an Adventure Pass will be required. If you have any questions, please email me, Lori!
What to bring: 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 major elevation gains in a short distance and altitude, please do not RSVP for this activity. This is considered a strenuous hike.
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.