Tahquitz Peak Via Saddle Junction

Idyllwild, California 92549

Tahquitz Peak Via Saddle Junction

Tahquitz Peak Via Saddle Junction Professional Review and Guide

"Tahquitz Peak (8,846 feet) is the southern citadel of the San Jacinto high country. Its granite spurs and steep battlements rise impressively above Strawberry Valley on one side and Tahquitz Valley on the other. From the Forest Service lookout on its summit, you are rewarded with breathtaking panoramas over the southern half of the San Jacintos, with the Santa Rosas on the distant skyline.

Tahquitz Peak is named for the powerful demon of Cahuilla legend who allegedly lived in a cave below the peak and came out at night to terrorize and devour those who ventured too close to his sacred mountain. The summit lookout tower, held up by steel beams, was built in 1938 to replace a more primitive wooden structure built around 1918. It is manned by volunteers during ?re season, usually June–November."

More Tahquitz Peak Via Saddle Junction Professional Reviews and Guides

"Tahquitz Peak (8828´) is the second major summit in the San Jacinto Mountains after San Jacinto itself. The summit overlooks Idyllwild and is guarded by dramatic granite buttresses, most notably Tahquitz Rock. Tahquitz Peak is named for a legendary evil Cahuilla shaman who eats the souls of the unwary. Hikers use several pronunciations, but the correct Cahuilla pronunciation is “taw-kwish.”"

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Trail Information

Idyllwild
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8
Distance
2,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
June-October
Season
San Jacinto Peak (7.5-minute), San Jacinto Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
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Activity Feed

Oct 2018