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Suicide Rock
  • Deer Spring
  • Idyllwild, CA 92549

Enjoy the crisp, alpine air — and get your cardio fix — on the uphill trek to Suicide Rock. The 6.6-mile round-trip hike begins at the Deer Springs Trailhead, about 1 mile north of the charming village of Idyllwild, and climbs more than 2,300 feet through some of the most spectacular scenery in Greater Palm Springs. Depending on the season, you'll see everything from fields of pink and purple wildflowers to patches of snow. The trail crosses a creek and twists and turns through coniferous forest before reaching the grand finale: a large granite outcrop that has become a popular rock-climbing spot and offers stunning vistas of the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains. You can also spy Tahquitz Rock, another natural landmark and rock-climber favorite, from the top. A wilderness permit is required to hike — pick yours up, for free, at the ranger station before hitting the trail, and plenty of parking is available on the unpaved shoulder of Highway 243, across from the nature center.

Total Distance: 6.6 miles Level: Difficult

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 6.6
  • Distance (km): 10.6
  • Difficulty Score: 22
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 5620
  • Elevation Gain (+): 2341
  • Elevation Loss (-): 2343
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 2341
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 714
  • Minimum Elevation: 5625
  • Maximum Elevation: 7438
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 1815
  • Parking Type: Unpaved shoulder
  • Location: San Jacinto Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Idyllwild/Garner Valley
  • Permit Required:
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
Deer Spring
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