Hike to Lily Rock, October14, 2017.


I joined Jorge and Diana on the short but very steep trek to Lily Rock.  We met at 9:00AM at the parking area in Humber Park in Idyllwilde, and started down the Earnie Maxwell trail for about 1/4 mile to a climbers trail that goes straight up to the bottom of the rock face, where rock climbers start their ascent to the summit.  From this point, we continued steeply up a use trail, following ducks to where we met the main gully trail going up to the saddle between Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak.   Here we took a short break, while enjoying the spectacular views all around. 


From the saddle, it is about 400 feet to the summit, climbing up rock.  At about 7,900 feet elevation we came to an exposed rock cliff, which looked too tricky to conquer.  After searching for a different way to get around this obstacle for a while, we decided to play it safe and make this our summit, just 100 feet shy of the real summit.


After playing around the rocks for a while, and taking some pictures, we dropped back down to the saddle, where we noticed a new fire in de distance. We decided to take the longer, but not easier, gully trail down to the Earnie Maxwell trail, from where it was a quick 1/2 mile back to the parking lot.


In all, this hike to Lily rock is well worth the effort, even tough we stopped just short of reaching the summit.  Jorge and Diana decided to hike up the trail to Suicide Rock, which is reached by hiking about 1 mile on a steep trail, but I called it a day and was home back in time to join Teresa for dinner.