Hike Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

8.1 miles 2375 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Crystal Sibson

Hike through the pines to the lookout tower on Tahquitz Peak.

Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail is a moderately trafficked 8.1 mile out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California. This trail is one of the most popular hikes in the San Jacinto area that features a fire lookout tower at the peak and amazing views of the valley below.  At an elevation of 8,846 feet, the lookout tower on Tahquitz Peak is the highest lookout in the San Bernadino National Forest.  It was a working fire lookout until the end of the 1993 fire season then reopened in 1998 staffed by volunteers.  It is also the only fire lookout located inside a wilderness area.  

Prior to beginning your hike, be sure to stop by the ranger station to pick up a permit.  You will also need a Forest Adventure Pass or National Park Pass to park at the trailhead.  The hike starts from Humber Park and quickly begins its steep climb up the mountainside. The trail steadily climbs until you reach Saddle Junction at 2.4 miles.  From this point you have several options, you can head straight up to Tahquits Peak on the Pacific Crest Trail and return to Saddle Junction the same way, or you can create a loop by taking the Caramba Trail to the Little Tahquitz Valley Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail on to the peak.  This route is slightly longer, but allows for a change of scenery on the hike.  Be sure to pack plenty of water and always practice leave no trace principals. 

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Difficult But Worth It

The hike up to Tahquitz Peak is difficult due to the elevation change but the views from the top are amazing. The fire lookout tour was pretty cool to see.

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