Hike Tahquitz Peak via Devil's Slide Trail
San Diego › Humber Park
Added by Drew Robinson
- Start in the quaint town of Idyllwild
- Hike to the summit of Tahquitz Peak at 8846ft and explore the iconic fire look-out
- Hike on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail
- Walk through forests and enjoy spectacular mountain views
- 9 miles roundtrip and 2350' elevation gain
The trailhead for this hike starts on the Devils Slide Trail around 6500ft before meeting up with the PCT for a short while, and then breaking off towards the Tahquitz lookout. Tahquitz Peak is an 8846ft granite formation on the high western slope of the San Jacinto range. The name Tahquitz comes from the Soboba Indian tribe, as they named the peak after a spirit demon.
The hike to the summit of Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail begins in Idyllwild at the Humber Park parking lot. This hike is 9 miles round trip. This parking area requires an adventure pass, and the hike requires a permit. Stop by the ranger station in Idyllwild to pick one up before making your way to the parking lot. The Devils Slide Trail starts up as a series of switchbacks that gain pretty steeply. The morning temperatures are usually pretty cool, and a welcome relief from the high temperatures in the valley. This eastern face of Strawberry Canyon can hold on to quite a bit of snow and ice, so make sure to bring crampons and an ice ax in the winter.
The first few miles of this hike are absolutely gorgeous, with pines, oaks, and chapparel around every switchback. After 2.4 miles of hiking you'll reach a saddle that acts as a junction for a few other trails. This is the part where you meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail to continue on to Tahquitz Peak. This section of trail is a nice break for the legs, as the steep climb of Devils Slide trail levels out and winds through the forest.
Tahquitz Peak comes into sight at the final junction where you take a right hand turn to head towards the trail on the ridge. The trail runs just below the ridge and continues towards the fire lookout. From here, the views of the Strawberry Valley are nothing short of spectacular. Continue on along the ridge, and the fire look-out will come into view. Enjoy the summit. The views from the Tahquitz Peak lookout are phenomenal.
- Hiking essentials
- Adventure Pass for parking
- A hiking permit from the Idyllwild ranger station
- Hiking shoes
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography
Spring, Summer, Winter
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Popular hike in the non winter months. Call ranger station ahead on weekend as passes go fast. Fantastic hike up through trees with great views. Bring plenty of water as most all springs have dried up as of 2015-2016.
More Adventures Nearby
Hike the Calcite Mine Trail in the Anza-Borrego Desert
San Diego / Calcite Mine Road Lookout
Open from March until October - but I would not particularly recommend this hike in the summer months, unless you started in the wee almost dark hours.
Catch a Sunset at Twin Peaks Mountain
San Diego / Silverset Park
Start by parking at Silverset Park. You will see the trail head for Twin Peaks just behind the park.