Visto 1870 volte, scaricato 23 volte
vicino Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (United States)
If you are staying in or visiting Idyllwild, this great moderate hike on a forgiving trail starts just 3/4 mile from the center of town. Warning: you'll need a free hiking registration form that you can secure at the Ranger Station literally on the way to the trailhead and in about 2 minutes. Parking is reasonably plentiful, and we elected to park in the parking lot at the entrance to the Idyllwild Nature Center. There is closer parking on the right side of highway 243.
The trail itself is never steep and is well-worn silt (very light sand). It can be a little bit dusty when dry...which is always. There are places where you must step over some rocks and tree roots can occasionally trip you up.
According to the $10 map of the San Beernardino National Forest, San Jacinto Wilderness, Mt San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, and Idyllwild down to Lake Hemet--a nice plastic/tyvek one available at the Ranger Station--the route is 2.3 miles north-north-east along Deer Springs Trail and then a right at a well-signed intersection for another mile to Suicide Rock. We'll it was actually a bit longer, and I set the GPS to waypoint every 50 meters, so I am sure it is longer. (NB-I took a longer route on the way up, but came back exactly on the trail.) The return down the exact trail, with no side trips shows the trail length to be at least 3 3/4 miles, more than an extra half mile (almost a kilometre) more than the map shows.
If parking is available, and preferably not in the sun, the right side of the street heading out of Idyllwild is legal.
5 minutes into the hike, here is your warning to go back to the Ranger Station and get a free day pass to enter the San Jacinto Wilderness.
This should be the Madrone Trail, not Deer Springs. I saw not a deer nor a spring, however I did see several hundred gorgeous madrones. What NW coasters call Arbutus trees, ok they are a subspecies, these red-barked survivors love the cruel weather. Their red bark peals back to reveal a lime green layer and often the red is not completely around the trunk. Their dainty leaves also hide nice white flowers.
Idyllwild can be seen from here, lost in the trees.
There are LOTS of these little lizards about 6 inches (15 cm) long. They like the sun in the trail..more than I do.
How many parks jurisdictions do we have to walk through? Three.
Here the trail splits to either Suicide Rock or Strawberry Junction and the Pacific Crest Trail.
The gorgeous red bark of this older tree still shows many years after its death.
The first nice panorama of the valley from the Suicide Rock trail
Thanks to the many trees along the trail, the sun wasn't too oppressive. Still, there could have been more.
Where did this tree get enough water to grow this high?
A lone tree in the trail and panorama of Tahquitz and the valley from the top
...but if you are desperate or it has rained recently, this may be the only water on the trail. Look upstream a few feet/metres for a tiny waterfall to fill bottles. (Of course, there's the usual warning about waterborne pathogens.)
Here are a few shots to show trail conditions, generally flat, easy footing, with of course a few things to stumble over.
How long until this one goes down? Can it hang on, even with the current drought?
Looking at the trail route, a noticeable side trip on the way up shows a broad circle to the right and considerable confusion. The trail in fact doubles back to the right in a blind corner, while an apparent trail continues straight up to a view point complete with rock cairns to mark the "trail." It is NOT the trail. Look closely at these images to realize the correct route.
The first is the approach uphill and the second a little closer. The trail looks like it could go straight. But turn sharply left (third picture) and you will see where the trail in fact goes.
Dust to dust, and a great baby monument.
This is the first, so-so lookout on the trail. You can see Tahquitz.
A bit blurry of a shot, but this sign marks the beginning of the Deer Valley Trail, if started from the Nature Center parking lot. You'll miss it if you park on the right side of Route 243.