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 What a great day for a winter hike.alt We had 10 people on the trail today. The first mile was snow free and then a bit of ice here & there for about 3/4 mile. After that it was just snow.alt We made the first junction in about 2 hours. The snow was terrific. With about 1 mile to go we opted to go up the drainage to an overlook to the lookout. We were told by other hikers that the snow & ice the last 1/2 mile was pretty bad and no one was going beyond that spot.alt We took time to relax, take some photo's and take in the vistas. It was quite nice.alt


I am going to do this hike again in the spring when the trail is snow-free.alt

Event Information
Event Name A Hike to Tahquitz Peak Lookout
Event Date/Time 11/19/2011 from 6:15 AM to 4:15 PM
Location in Idyllwild, CA
Event Type Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Cross-county Skiing, Sky Diving, Hang Gliding, Trail Running, Rappelling, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Caving, Camping, Adventure Travel, Rock Climbing, Running, Hiking, Canyoneering, Backpacking, Whitewater Kayaking/Rafting, Fishing, Canoeing
Event Description

8828' Tahquitz Peak 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 Fire Lookout on the summit, you are rewarded with breathtaking panoramas over the southern half of the San Jacintos, with the Santa Rosas on the distant slyline.

Tahquitz Peak is named for the powerful evil demon of Cahuilla legend, who allegedly lived in a cave below the peak and came out at night to terrorize and devour Indians 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 during the fire season, usually June - November.

We are welcome to visit the tower fire guard, but remember he is on duty and this is his place of business.alt

The hike will start in Humber Park @ 8:45am. The trail goes up the Devil's Slide Trail 2.5 miles to the Saddle Junction. At Saddle Junction we'll take the far right trail leading south, marked Tahquitz Peak. In 1 3/4 miles through the forest, we reach Chinquapin Flat Junction - covered, as the name implies, with a thick mantle of bush chinquapin. The trail then heads southwest up through an open forest of lodgepole pine and a few limber pines to the summit lookout.

Anyone with time restraints or health issues SHOULD NOT join in.

This hike is 9 miles round trip and will be an all day affair. We will have two locations that we will be carpooling from, Duarte & Pomona. If you want to meet us the morning of the hike at the trailhead in Humber Park, go to google map and use your location as a start & Humber State Park as your destination. The drive from the Pasadena area is a solid 2 hours. So everyone should plan their driving time accordingly. Everyone driving out to Huimber Park will need an Adventure Pass for parking. I will get all of the needed Wilderness Passes required once I know how many we'll have on the hike.

NOTE: There is a possibility that we may even have snow on the trail. If so, this will add to the adventure of the hike. If it looks to dangerous as we hike up, I will NOT jepardize anyones safety. We will take a group conscience to go beyond any obstructions if we encounter them.

Heavy rain will indeed cancel the event!!

If we have daylight left and for anyone that might be interested, we can take a drive to the Black Mountain Lookout to enjoy the sunset... if time allows and if anyone wants to. There is no hiking involved in order to get to the Black Mountain Lookout. We can drive right up to it.

What to bring:altaltalt

 Everyone should wear good hiking boots, a backpack with your lunch and plenty of water. I do not know if there is water along the way. Optional items can include a hiking poles, camera, sunscreen & a hat. And of course, anything else you want to put into your pack. Some mountain money might come in handy as well.alt

Carpooling:alt

For those who will be coming from the Pasadena area, we will be meeting @ 6:15am in the northwest corner of the WalMart parking lot in Duarte. Its located just south of the 210 freeway @ 1600 Mountain Ave.

For those who wish, we will be making a stop at the Wal-Mart in Pomona @ 7:00am and meeting in the northwest corner of the parking lot. It is located @ 80 Rio Rancho Road. This Wal-Mart is NW of the junction of the 60 & 71 freeways. If you are traveling on the 60 freeway, exit @ Phillips Ranch Road and go north to Rio Rancho and turn right to Wal-Mart. From the 71 Chino Valley Freeway exit @ Rio Rancho and go west to Wal-Mart.

Camping:alt

If anyone who wishes to spend the night Friday or Saturday in the Idyllwid area, call the Ranger Station in Idyllwild for camping information @ 1-909-382-2921.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to get in contact with me.alt

I hope to see you on the mountainalt