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27J

Suicide Rock

7528'

Location: Riverside County, about 2 miles north-northeast of Idyllwild, 108 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoSan Jacinto Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 700K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 2 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1300'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Charlie Knapke, June 1995

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 or SR 60 east to SR 79 in Beaumont. Take exit south to SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 to the Ramona Expressway. Turn left (east).
  • Go east and then southeast on the Ramona Expressway until it ends at SR 74. Turn left (east).
  • Go east on SR 74 to Mountain Center (junction with Idyllwild Highway SR 243). Turn left (north).
  • Go to Idyllwild Ranger Station (San Bernardino National Forest) on the right. Turn right on Pine Crest Avenue. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.6 mile, intersection. Make a half right on South Circle Drive.
  • At 0.7 mile, Fern Valley Drive on the left with a sign "Humber Park". Turn left.
  • At 1.2 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 2.2 miles, sign "Climber's Route" on the left, at a junction with paved Forest Drive coming in from the right. This is the trailhead. Park on Forest Drive (unlimited parking).

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6280'), a climber's trail starts. Follow this trail as it crosses a creek and meets a paved road.
  • Turn right and continue straight on this road, ignoring all side junctions, to its end at a trail register. Sign in here. This is your Wilderness permit (day use only).
  • Continue to a sign "Trail not maintained past this point".
  • Climb steeply northwest on a network of use trails to the foot of the cliffs.
  • Upon reaching the cliffs, turn right and follow along their base.
  • Past the final cliffs, ascend cross-country directly west to the main summit trail described in Route 2.
  • Turn left on this trail to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 6.6 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1850'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, August 1967

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-10 or SR 60 east to SR 79 in Beaumont. Take exit south to SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 to the Ramona Expressway. Turn left (east).
  • Go east and then southeast on the Ramona Expressway until it ends at SR 74. Turn left (east).
  • Go east on SR 74 to Mountain Center (junction with Idyllwild Highway SR 243). Turn left (north).
  • Go north on SR 243 through Idyllwild to the Idyllwild Nature Center on the left, near mile paddle 5.25. Park in the large dirt area on the right side of the highway. Plenty of parking.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area, hike up the Deer Springs Trail.
  • Follow it about 2 miles to its junction with the Suicide Rock Trail (3E33).
  • Go right and continue about 1 mile to the summit, which is the high point to your right just before the trail ends.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Wilderness permits are required for Route 2. Permits are limited to 12 hikers. Permits may be obtained from the Idyllwild Ranger Station just off SR 243 at 54270 Pine Crest Road. There is a self-issue permit stand outside of the ranger station. Permits may be obtained in advance from:

San Jacinto Ranger District
54270 Pinecrest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Voice: (909) 382-2921
Fax: (951) 659-2107

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