HIKING / TRAILS
Idyllwild gives way to many exciting and diverse mountain trails that provide hikers majestic views and breath-taking scenery. Offering a variety of trails enables hikers and adventurers of different skills and ages to take the opportunity to enjoy. For adults, we recommend South Ridge Trail, Deer Springs Trail, and Devil's Slide Trail.
If you're vacationing with little ones, definitely check out the Idyllwild Nature Center, the Idyllwild Community Playground, or Hemet Water Park.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Idyllwild California is one of the reputable places where the sport of rock climbing took its hold. The rocks of Tahquitz and Suicide are not only popular because of the wide variety of climbs, but are also snuggled in the Southern California mountains which gives climbers excellent weather to climb in. Tahquitz rock is much more identifiable than its counter-part Suicide Rock. Tahquitz rock can be seen from miles away. It appears from a distance as a little rock stuck in the side of the mountain, but when you are at the base of this rock the term little no longer fits its description. The Idyllwild rocks are both multi-pitched crags, and will require rock climbing gear. If you are in the mood to climb, but dont have the experience, gear or bravery of heights, you will also find "bouldering" a nice alternative. The term bouldering refers to climbing boulders to learn skills that are used in rock climbing. The nice thing about bouldering, is that many rocks are only several feet of the ground and falling is less of a tragedy. Either way you choose, be careful, be smart and be considerate of others (both present and future).
Among the other outdoor activities enjoyed by visitors to Idyllwild, mountain biking has been growing at phenomenal rates over the past several years. Idyllwild's location in Southern California is perfect for people who want to enjoy remote rides, scenic rides, mountainous rides, but don't want to have to deal with tons of people on a trail.
Always use safety and common sense when biking. Idyllwild recently received a nice cell phone dish which gives us pretty good coverage. Bringing a cell phone on the ride might be a good idea. Also, wear proper protection, bring water and a small snack. Be smart, be considerate of others. Oh yeah, don't litter up the trails. If the trails start getting littered and people start abusing the trail (such as going off the trail and making an impact on the ecosystem) I guarantee the forest service will shut it down. So, don't ruin it for the future. If we can show that bikers are easy on the ecosystem, maybe more routes will become available.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.