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Red Tahquitz


Location: Riverside County, about 4 miles northeast of Idyllwild, 112 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County, Los Angeles and Vicinity
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 92K
 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)

Nearby Peaks: Tahquitz Peak (LO),Southwell Peak ("South" on USGS topo), Lily Rock

Printable version of this route


Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2400'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, July 1974


  • 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 climber's trail for Suicide Rock. Keep straight.
  • At. 2.6 miles, Humber Park. Park here.


  • 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 Valley".
  • 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.
  • Turn right and follow a use trail south-southeast up the slope to the summit.


Wilderness permits are required under all circumstances. 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. The weekend quota for the Devil's Slide Trail is usually filled in advance during the summer months. Permits for the South Ridge Trail are much easier to obtain. 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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