Los Angeles: Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide

This 8.4-mile out-and-back gains 2,500 feet to unbeatable desert-to-ocean views over the San Jacinto Mountains.
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This 8.4-mile out-and-back gains 2,500 feet to unbeatable desert-to-ocean views over the San Jacinto Mountains.

Mapped by Rajeev Jain

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.7

Waypoints

TQP001

Location: 33.7646217346191, -116.68579864502

Hike N on Devils Slide Trail for well-graded, but moderately steep 800-ft. climb right from the start

TQP002

Location: 33.7712783813477, -116.681297302246

Contour N; cross two seasonal streambeds

TQP003

Location: 33.7778511047363, -116.680198669434

Big switchback heads S past Middle Spring and in .5 mi. passes Powderbox Spring (not reliable water sources)

TQP004

Location: 33.7739791870117, -116.672798156738

Saddle Junction: Hard R @ 5-way intersection onto the Pacific Crest Trail (marked with wood posts)

TQP005

Location: 33.7698745727539, -116.674758911133

Next mile is stacked with long-range views of Coachella Valley below and the spine of the San Jacinto Mtns.

TQP006

Location: 33.7664985656738, -116.673133850098

Streams and woodlands of Tahquitz Meadow opens to the E

TQP007

Location: 33.7627182006836, -116.6708984375

Evergreens thin and grow shorter

TQP008

Location: 33.7588996887207, -116.671897888184

Hit treeline. Steep drops to R of trail; look for blunt granite knob of Lily Rock on N shoulder of Tahquitz

TQP009

Location: 33.7553787231445, -116.677101135254

Tahquitz Peak (8,828 ft.): Sweeping vistas from the super-heated desert in Joshua Tree NP to Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean. The fire lookout is the highest in San Bernardino NF (continuously operated station since 1938). Retrace route to car