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Location: Riverside County, about 6 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||Palm Springs 7½, San Jacinto Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Tahquitz Peak (LO), Red Tahquitz
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 16 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 4500' total, 2600' out plus 1900' on return
- Time: 7-9 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Original: Joe Young, January 2000
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Drive I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243). Note your
odometer and go as follows:
- At 0.2 mile, turn left.
- At 0.7 mile, turn right on San Gorgonio Avenue.
- At 1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
- At 25.0 miles, Idyllwild Ranger Station (San Bernardino National
Forest) on the left. Turn left 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, trailhead on the left. This is the climbers trail for
Suicide Rock. Keep straight.
- At. 2.6 miles, Humber Park. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- The Devils Slide Trail begins at the upper right corner of the
parking lot. From this trailhead (6500'), hike up the trail
2 1/2 miles to Saddle Junction (8100'). At this point there are four
- Take the trail with a sign "Laws Camp" and "Caramba
Camp." Follow this trail through Tahquitz Valley and Reeds Meadow for
2 miles to Laws Junction (7400').
- Turn right. Follow the trail 2 miles to Caramba Camp (6600').
- Cross Tahquitz creek at the south side of Caramba
Camp. Follow a use trail past Tahquitz Creek to the overlook campsite on
- Climb the slope southerly, curving around to the left staying
about 50 yards below the cliffs until you reach a ridge,
or one can take a bearing on the saddle from Caramba Camp
and hike along the bearing to the saddle through
open country. The climb to the saddle is steep and about 500'.
- Cross the ridge
and contour around until you reach the saddle at 7200'.
- Turn left (southeast) and scramble to the summit.