South Ridge Trail

San Jacinto Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain1,502ft
Trailhead Elevation7,538ft
Elevation Min/Max7538/8826ft
Elevation Start/End7538/7538ft

South Ridge Trail

South Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within San Jacinto Wilderness. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 7,538 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,502 feet.

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Five-Star Trails Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"This strenuous hike near the center of Idyllwild leads to Tahquitz Peak, the second-highest peak in California, and a lookout tower with sweeping views of the Palm Springs area, the San Jacinto Mountains, and even the Channel Islands. The total elevation gain is 2,300 feet. This is a favorite trail of several US Forest Service rangers because the scenic views begin almost immediately. You can make this hike as short or as long as you want and still be rewarded with memorable views." Read more
Best Climbs Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks (Falcon Guides)
Bob Gaines
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"The South Face of Suicide Rock features panes of smooth, perfect granite with sheets of polished gold rock, quartz dikes, and a myriad of incut edges. Some of the very best face climbing that Suicide Rock has to offer is found here, along with the great slab testpiece of Hades. During the height of summer, the South Face is a very hot place, as it bakes in the sun until late in the day, only getting shade after about 4 p.m. The best time to climb here is during cooler weather." Read more

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Trail Information

San Jacinto Wilderness
Nearby City
San Jacinto Wilderness
Idyllwild Ranger Station, 909-382-2921
Local Contacts
Available at Idyllwild Ranger Station
Local Maps

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Dec 2018