Tahquitz Peak

This trail travels through oak, chinnapquin, chaparral, and eventually a pine forest. The views all along the trail are outstanding. Some of the boulders along the way might remind you of people.

The route starts with some switchbacking, then flattens out for a bit and then back to switchbacks for the last mile.

At the top is a fire lookout where you might meet some friendly people from May-November. You can walk around it to see in every direction.

  • Highlights: Historic fire lookout, 360′ view, pines and boulders
  • Near: Idyllwild, CA
  • Distance: 6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2250 ft
  • Hike Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
  • Trail Name: South Ridge Trail
  • Hiking permit required: Get it at San Jacinto Rangers Station on HWY 243
  • GPX download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Rating:4/5

Getting to the trailhead: Hwy 243 (south) from Idyllwild to Saunders Meadow Road (left) to Pine Avenue (north) to Tahquitz View Drive (right) to Forest Route 5S11 (South Ridge Road sign – right – rough road).

Google Map Link


Trail Detail


Trail Profile


Tahquitz Peak Rock

One of the Tahquitz Peak rocks

Tahquitz Peak Lookout

Tahquitz Peak Lookout

Scratching Nose

Scratching Rock Nose

Snow Plant on Tahquitz Peak

Snow Plant on Tahquitz Peak

Tahquitz Peak Snow

Tahquitz Peak June Snow!


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