Devils Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Today we headed to the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Wilderness Park.  Idyllwild was a nice surprise, somewhat like Big Bear but less crowded. Lots of great places to eat we were told by fellow hikers on the trail.  It is nestled in the mountains above Hemet and above Cabazon.  Yes, Angelica was tempted to haul us all to the Outlet Mall in Cabazon for some shopping.

Starting out together.

There were 11 hikers with us today.  The biggest group yet, ages from 20 something to 50 something.  We all headed out together but ended up in groups of two or three as the hill was a 2,500 foot elevation gain and breathing was difficult at times.  We all had a great time and the views were spectacular.  The weather was great and the company even better.  We finished the day with a nice Mexican lunch with nice size portions at Arriba Enterprise Mexican in Idyllwild.

Andi and her daughter Briana finally had an opportunity to join us.

Jodie and Gina leading the way down.

A hike that I would recommend to anyone.

The view on the way up.

The view on the way down.

A few steps closer to the “Camino”. I am feeling like my stamina is improving with every hike.