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Location: Riverside County, about 2 miles east of Idyllwild, 112 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topos||San Jacinto Peak 7½, Idyllwild 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Tahquitz Peak (LO), Suicide Rock
ROUTE 3 (via Northeast gully)
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 2 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 1500'
- Time: 2½-3½ hours round trip
- Rating: Class 3, moderate, climbing helmets required
Original: Peter & Ignacia Doggett, 2010
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- See driving instructions for Route One.
HIKING ROUTE 3
- If possible, park in the upper corner of Humber Park (elevation 6500') by the Devils Slide trailhead.
- Do not start up the Devils Slide Trail; instead, cross past the wooden barriers and go east following a metal fence.
- After about 100' the fence turns down to the right.
- Descend down to the right towards the brook.
Turn left at the brook and follow a climber's trail that is next to the brook on its left side.
- After about 250' cross the brook. Follow the trail that is now next to the brook on its right side for about ¼ miles.
- The trail veers away from the brook and continues up a major southeast gully.
- At about elevation 7100', view of a large rectangular boulder angled atop a spire appears. Keep to the right of this spire as the route ascends next to a talus field. Do not follow the talus field on the gully to the left of this spire.
- Around 7400', a vertical climber's wall (pitons may be visible) is reached; keep this to your left as you continue up the gully following an east to west switchback use-trail.
- At about 7600' a terraced rocky slab begins.
- At about 7800', the Northeast Gully reaches a high saddle.
- Turn right (NW) and proceed to the summit.
Note: The ascent up this last segment above the 7800' saddle includes a step on a bush growing out of a somewhat exposed rocky cliff. Most slender hikers can bypass this step. If one prefers to do so, stop short of the bush and climb down about 10' veering to the left. There is a small cave on the right. The ceiling of the cave has a narrow 9" slot. Hikers can continue up (or return) through this Worm Hole to bypass the bush step. The Worm Hole is around 7900' elevation.
Note: HPS policy requires the possession and use of a climbing
helmet on Class 3 terrain or where the hazard of rockfall is present.