This is good to know. I'm planning on visiting Tahquitz soon and there's nothing like a flat tire to put a damper on one's hiking spirits...
Fabulous views, gorgeous forests, and solitude -- at least on the way up. What's not to like? One note of caution: The dirt road was very rough and I got a flat tire in my low clearance vehicle. I didn't see any notes on the poor quality of the road in any of the guides I checked, so thought I'd mention it.
Originally started at Humber Park, but were turned back by the hard snow & ice. Then drove to the South Ridge Trail Head (which has a locked gate about a mile before it). Still plenty of hard snow, but without the steep slopes. Encountered a ranger who let us know we needed a permit, but let us go anyway (nice guy). With Larry & Carol.
May 1997: W/ Peter & Rahil
May 2014: bushwhacked and scrambled solo from Lily Rock. 3hrs from Humber Park.
June 2015: 1.5hrs up the south ridge trail.
Aug 2017: with Jimmy before neck ADR
Climbed up the drainage from Humber Park to intersect the snow-covered trail just north of the peak. Had to wear crampons for about half of the time. Returned via PCT and Devil's Slide trail and it was much faster.
Didn't choose the best day for views, but fog and wind kept everyone except another group of hikers away. Really cold at summit, nonetheless the hike was enjoyable and get me the chance to test a new parka. Continued on PCT to Red Tahquitz.
Trail run from humber park to caramba camp then over to tahquitz. Met up with friends there and hiked to red tahquitz and back down devils slide. Saw a nice sized buck between saddle and laws camp. Nice long day.
Did it on a lark after sleeping in until really late down in Idyllwild. Nice day, fun walk up.
Summitted near conclusion of a point-to-point backpack between Morris Ranch Rd and Idyllwild. Nice trail over from the PCT junction and a good way to finish the trip.
I took the south ridge route. It rained a little and a storm hovered over San Jacinto all day.
From Humber Park in the rain, drenched and cold by the summit. Still a great hike!
Hiked/climbed to the summit 5 times so far.
Came up from Humber Park and did Red Tahquitz first. Must have been at least 20 to 30 people at the fire lookout. Great views from top.
Cold day. Luckily I have so much hair to keep me warm. The snow was too icy to frolic in. But it was a fun hike.
Hiked the South Ridge Trail on a cold (teens) New Years Eve day. Hiked with Harlan.
Great climb to the peak, with sublime views to the West and South.
Great hike from Humber Park. Some icy parts below Saddle Junction. 100% snow from Saddle Junction to summit. Great views from fire lookout of the San Jacintos and Santa Rosas. Future hike to Suicide Rock and Lily Rock.
Nice hike wih great views. Via Humber Ppark TH.
Did the 0.4 mile detour to the fire lookoout while hiking the PCT. Totally worth it.