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Suicide Rock

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Great view of Strawberry Valley, streams, the lovely San Jacintos
Near:Idyllwild, CA
Distance:6.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2000 ft
Hike Time:4 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a beautiful relatively easy (but very uphill) hike through the lush wonders of the San Jacintos. You will enjoy every minute. Suicide Rock is a great place to peer over the edge and contemplate life. You can also wonder what life might have been like for the Cahuilla version of Romeo and Juliet who legend says ended their lives here.

The views are standard fare for the San Jacinto Wilderness - that is amazing. You get a great shot across Strawberry Valley at Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak, and you can take in the heights looking up at Marion Mountain and Jean Peak.

Don't miss the short trek to the peak, where there is a register in a smiley face can at the top. Feel free to explore all around the edge of Suicide Rock, there are plenty of viewing platforms, but do be careful near the edge.

Trailhead: Take the 243 from Banning or Mountain Center. The parking area is marked with a sign that says Deer Springs Trail Parking. It is right across from the San Jacinto State Park. The parking is easy to find, and the myriad trails from the parking area lead to the actual trail, just keep going up.

I hiked this trail on a Friday and I wasn't expecting to see anyone, but I ran into a fellow hiker named Matt. Interestingly enough he had come to hike in the San Jacintos because of my Fuller Ridge to San Jacinto hike posted on this very site. I hope he becomes a reporter here.

It is surprising how little the rangers know about their respective parks, and I have yet to run into one on any hike, let alone State Parks.

An adventure pass is required for parking and a free permit is also required for the San Jac Wilderness. (Lat:33.77074 Lon:-116.69752)

Trail Guides for Suicide Rock:
California Hiking
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)

Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)

San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson  (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: San Jacinto State Park (909) 382-2922
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted  123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 5   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Ajar on 2/16/2014
We did this hike with our 4 year old daughter .. proud to say she walked all the way up . Not too difficult and nice scenery at top.

Reviewed by robert_barradas on 1/4/2013
Great hike! I highly recommend this one. Not too difficult and you get great views once you reach the top.

Reviewed by Miss Cast on 12/6/2011
Adventure Passes are not required for parking at the Deer Springs trail head.

Reviewed by SierraCJ on 12/2/2011
Very well defined trail all the way to Suicide Rock. Nice views of Tahquitz Peak and Strawberry Valley. Went with a group of hikers from OC. Hiked on 5/25/2011.

Reviewed by Viewer on 9/20/2011
Beautiful hike, saw 2 rattlesnakes nested together right at the edge of suicide rock. amazing day !

Reviewed by MRC on 8/29/2011
Wonderful trail, saw 2 rattlesnakes on the trail. Was just after some thunderstorms, morteros all had water in them and the creek was flowing well.

Reviewed by JNM on 7/10/2011
Hiked on 7/7/11. Good, moderate hike. This is snake season and group in front of me saw several rattlers. Just be aware. Well worth the trip

Reviewed by girljo on 6/19/2011
Beautiful day. Trail has good shade and a nice moderate grade. It's very scenic and crosses a couple lovely little streams. Currently great wildflowers blooming and saw many pink Snow Flowers amidst fallen pine needles & cones.

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