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Tahquitz Peak from South Ridge to Devils Slide

A moderately strenuous Idyllwild hike for experienced hikers:  10.5 mile loop with 3150 ft elevation gain.

From Humber Park we will head to the Ernie Maxwell trail head. 

We will go down the Ernie Maxwell trail to South Ridge trail that climbs about 2400 ft for 4 miles through chaparral, oaks and pines to a Forest Service lookout tower at Tahquitz Peak (8846 ft). This is the toughest climb on our journey but you will be pleasantly distracted by panoramic views to the south and west - one of the best views trails in the area.  

From the peak, we will make our way through the lush Tahquitz Valley to Saddle Junction (1.4 mi), then down Devil's Slide (2.5 mi.) to Humber Park

IMPORTANT: An Adventure Pass will be required to park in Humber Park, available at most sporting goods stores and ranger station.

Bring snacks, lunch and 2 to 4 liters of water

Approx. hike time, including breaks:  6 hours

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  • Joe

    Sorry I underestimated the distance. It was about 12 miles.

    1 · May 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for organizing. It was a great day and great hike...no problem about underestimating!

      May 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The more miles, the more merrier!!!!

      1 · May 25, 2014

  • Joe

    You're all welcome. Glad you liked the hike:)

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Joe!!! I had a great hiking day. Loved the beautiful trail. Can't wait to do it again.

    May 24, 2014

  • Sylvia E.

    Thank you Joe!!!

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, beautiful day, lots of crazy elevation gain early on! o_0 Thanks Joe!

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great hike to add to the collection! Perfect weather this time Joe:) Thanks for organizing.

    May 24, 2014

  • Victoria ".

    Fun hike. But quite the buttkicker. So happy to have my friends there. Thanks Joe for organizing it.

    May 24, 2014

  • Joe

    FYI, there are over 20 people coming from the cross posted site.

    May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Last count was 27. Most were on yesterday's hike and said they will definitely be on this one.

      May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in carpooling? I live in Palm Springs and willing to pay for gas.

    April 21, 2014

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