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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Mapped by Rajeev Jain
- Distance: 6.7
Location: 33.7646217346191, -116.68579864502
Hike N on Devils Slide Trail for well-graded, but moderately steep 800-ft. climb right from the start
Location: 33.7712783813477, -116.681297302246
Contour N; cross two seasonal streambeds
Location: 33.7778511047363, -116.680198669434
Big switchback heads S past Middle Spring and in .5 mi. passes Powderbox Spring (not reliable water sources)
Location: 33.7739791870117, -116.672798156738
Saddle Junction: Hard R @ 5-way intersection onto the Pacific Crest Trail (marked with wood posts)
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.
Location: 33.7664985656738, -116.673133850098
Streams and woodlands of Tahquitz Meadow opens to the E
Location: 33.7627182006836, -116.6708984375
Evergreens thin and grow shorter
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
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