Dating back to the 1800's, Suicide Rock is often referenced, but yet to be fully proven, as a ledge heartbroken Native American lovers would jump from if they were denied marriage by their family. However, this granite outcrop, which towers an outstanding 7,500 feet above sea level, truly isn't for the faint of heart once you reach the ledge. The trail begins along Deer Springs Trail with stunning oak trees throughout before leading into a dense cluster of spectacular pine trees after reaching the higher elevations. A part from the dramatic wives tale regarding this hike, it's a magnificent experience from start to finish with panoramic views overlooking Strawberry Valley and the idyllic mountain town, Idyllwild.
- Located within the charming stretch of "The Village Lane," which includes various shops along a raised wooden patio section with ample outdoor seating, Idyllwild Bake Shop & Brew is a quaint coffee stop to enjoy prior or after your hike.
- PARKING: If you arrive early on the weekends, you'll be able to score a prime parking space in the turnout immediately off the 243 Highway. Reference the dropped pin in Google Maps below to access the directions to get to the Deer Springs Trailhead to Suicide Rock.
- NOTE: You do not need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park at the trailhead for Suicide Rock Trail. However, if you're planning to do a trek through San Jacinto State Park, you need to retrieve a permit from the Idyllwild Forest Service Ranger Station or Mt. Jacinto State Park Ranger Station.
- Beginning at the turnout parking lot at the trailhead for Deer Spring Trail, you'll be hiking uphill for a solid 2.3 miles until you reach a junction between Deer Springs Trail and Suicide Rock Trail.
- Veer right, or northeast, along the trail following the sign to Suicide Rock which will be another mile after the split
- You'll pass through the stunning San Jacinto Wilderness, which is home to some beautiful pine trees before reaching the granite outcrop known as Suicide Rock.
- Once you reach Suicide Rock, take a short rest and take in the views before returning the way you came.
- Elevation at Suicide Rock: 7,510 feet above sea level