Tahquitz Rock

Idyllwild, California 92549

Tahquitz Rock

Tahquitz Rock Professional Review and Guide

"Tahquitz Rock, also known as the less imposing sounding Lily Rock, was the birthplace of technical rock climbing in the United States. In the 1930s, Robert Underhill brought modern rope techniques developed in the Alps back to Sierra Club members in California. The massive granite dome of Tahquitz Rock attracted immediate attention. In 1937, Dick Jones and Glen Dawson climbed the Mechanic’s Route, which, with a rating of 5.8, was the most difficult route in America at the time. Since then, thousands of climbers have flocked to the rock’s sheer walls to hone their skills. Fortunately for hikers, there is an easier route to the summit involving some rock scrambling but no ropes."

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1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
2 hours
Mt San Jacinto State Park
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