24400 Fern Valley Rd.
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Hike: 4.6 miles round trip Level: Moderately challenging Elevation gain: 833 feet
About the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail
Note: No permit is required to hike this trail, but any vehicle parked in Humber Park will need a National Forest Adventure Pass
The Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail in Idyllwild is an easy hike with slight elevation gain. It will take you through pine and oak trees and greet you with pristine views which include Tahquitz/Suicide Rock! The trail is named after Ernie Maxwell, the founder of the Idyllwild Town Crier.
Maxwell is said to have been an advocate for the outdoors and wanted a horse trail which led from Idyllwild to Humber Park. He finally got his trail.
Personal Experience: This is an easy hike in my opinion and is mostly flat the entire time. There will be pockets along the way which offer views for as far as the eye can see. The air is so fresh and the trees mighty! This is a great trail for beginners as many of the other trails in Idyllwild are far more strenuous.
Look for this sign and then head forward:
We went in autumn when all the leaves were changing:
There are some gorgeous views on this trail!