The legendary climbing area of Suicide Rocks in Idyllwild, California, has been a magnet for Southern California rock climbers since the 1930s. The granite rock of the area is similar to that found in Yosemite, and many of the great early climbers spent winters in the relative warmth of Idyllwild preparing to pioneer Yosemite routes.

The closest of the crags are. Buttress of Cracks, Main Sunshine Face and Weeping Wall, which are about a 20 minute hike from Idyllwild, via Climbers Trail. There are more than 300 routes in the area, many of moderate difficulty. Popular routes at the crag range from The Guillotine (5.8) to Valhalla ( 5.11a).

A good guide book to climbing in the area is Rock Climbing Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks, 3rd by Randy Vogel and Bob Gaines. For breakfast and beta, head to The Red Kettle, a popular climber’s hangout.



Driving Directions

To get to suicide rocks, use Climbers Trail, from Fern Valley Road near Humber Park. The trail travels through private property, and the forest services ask that climbers please respect private property rights and stay on the trail. Register at the sign-in box a short way up the trail; this is your permit. The trail starts near these coordinates: 33.768409, -116.690067

Coordinates: 33.770140,-116.695285