Idyllwild Historical Society Museum

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While in Idyllwild this past weekend I visited the Idyllwild Historical Society Museum and enjoyed their climbing display shown here.  It lists every climbing route developed for Tahquitz Rock since 1936.  The 5.8 route from 1937 was the most difficult in the U.S. at that time.

Links:  Museum website

 

Devil’s Slide Trail View

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The Devil’s Slide Trail starts from the parking lot at Humber Park in Idyllwild and rewards you almost immediately with great views.  The distance to Saddle Junction (intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail) is 2.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,700 ft.  From there one can continue on to San Jacinto Peak, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout, or return back to the trailhead.

Links:    Forest Service

Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak

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This pic was taken from the Idyllwild Nature Center viewpoint and features both Lily Rock (8,000 feet) and Tahquitz Peak (8,828 feet). Lily Rock (also known as Tahquitz Rock) was named in 1898, either for its “lily-white” appearance or in honor of Lily Eastman, and has been a popular free-climbing destination since the 1930’s.  Tahquitz gets its name from a demon in Soboda Indian legend.

Links:   legend of Tahquitz

Lake Fulmor

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Lake Fulmor is a beautiful oasis on Highway 243 between Banning and Idyllwild.   It looks like a great spot for some hiking, fishing, kayaking, or just relaxing.  An Adventure Pass is required to park in the lot across the road.

Links:    Forest Service