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100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails
by John W. Robinson with David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
Suicide Rock (7,528 feet) is an outcropping of white granite that juts from the south slope of Marion Ridge, high above Strawberry Valley. Legend says that Suicide Rock was so named after a Native American maiden and her lover jumped to their deaths from its rim rather than live without each other as had been decreed by the tribal chief. A splendid panorama of the valley ?oor covered with dense forest, the village of Idyllwild, and the rugged granite cli?s of Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak awaits the hiker who reaches this viewpoint. This relatively short trip takes the Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Junction, then a side trail over to the rock.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Riverside
by Alleen Riedel (Falcon Guides)
The actual trailhead is not easy to spot from the parking lot, and many people have inadvertently cut little paths to the main trail. Pick one and it will lead to the trail within a minute or so of walking time. Like most of the higher reaches of the San Jacinto Mountains, this trail is covered in lodgepole and Jeffrey pine; the towering trees loom overhead and provide ample shade even on warm summer afternoons. Large boulders dot the landscape, and wildlife is common, especially in the morning or evening.
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire
by David & Jennifer Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
Suicide Rock sits atop the ridge overlooking Strawberry Valley, drawing rock climbers to test their mettle on its steep, clean, granite faces. According to legend, the rock gets its name from two young Native American lovers, who leapt from the top rather than obeying the chief ’s order to separate. The most straightforward route to the top of the rock is via the Deer Springs Trail from the western edge of Idyllwild.
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