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("South" on USGS topos)
Location: Riverside County, about 4 miles east of Idyllwild, 112 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Idyllwild 7½, San Jacinto Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Red Tahquitz, Antsell Rock
- Distance: 14 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 3100' total, 2200' out plus 900' on return
- Time: 7-8 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, July 1974
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- From the Chevron station in Idyllwild, go northeast on North Circle
Drive 0.8 mile to South Circle Drive. Turn right.
- Go 0.1 mile to Fern Valley Road. Turn left.
- Go 1.8 miles following the yellow line to Humber Park. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- The Devils Slide Trail begins at the upper right corner of the
parking lot. From this trailhead (6440'), hike up the trail 2 1/2
miles to Saddle Junction (8040').
- At this point there are four
trail choices. Take the second trail from the right with a sign "Tahquitz
- Go 0.6 mile to another junction with a sign "Tahquitz,
Skunk Cabbage Meadow". Go right at this junction.
- Go another 0.6
mile to another junction signed "Tahquitz Peak, Tahquitz Meadow".
This is the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) marked by a square post.
- Turn left and
follow it along the north side of Red Tahquitz for about 3/4 mile to a
shallow saddle with a rock outcrop about 100 yards to the left (east).
There may be a duck on the right of the trail here. This is the turnoff
for Red Tahquitz.
- Continue on the trail past
elevations 7900' and 7640'+ and past the east side of Southwell Peak.
- About 1/4
mile from the last saddle at 7600'-, the trail starts downhill at a small
saddle with a rock outcrop on the right. At this point the slope on the
right side of the trail changes from steep rocks to a gentler slope. There
may be a duck here.
- Turn right, leave the trail and go up the slope to the summit.