Day Tripping In Idyllwild
Itching to find some dirt trails and take our Tacoma out, we utilized Trailsoffroad to discover off-road trails near Idyllwild. With our destination set, 5S10 - Red Hill Road would be our playground for the morning and the trail did not disappoint! Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for some footage of our wheeling.
After kicking up some dirt, it was time to explore the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail. With our Road Dog Mocha in tow, we started the trail at Humber Park. There are no hiking permits required; however, if parking in Humber Park, an Adventure Pass or Interagency Card is required. (Side note, the vault toilets were infested with flies. Thank goodness it wasn't an emergency). This trail is a heavily trafficked 2.6 mile hike and begins at 6400 ft. It's a great trail for beginners, families, and for bringing your canine companion. Added bonus is that there are several different species of trees along the trail that provided us with plenty of welcomed shade, as the day was beginning to heat up.
After working up an appetite we headed out to find a place to eat. We drove along the Pines to Palms Highway and stopped at The Sugar Loaf Cafe. They had a nice outdoor patio with shade umbrellas and music playing in the background. The staff was personable and the BBQ we feasted on was delicious and satisfying. Be sure to order the brisket...Mmmm Good! Next time, Randy and I plan on saving some room so we can share a slice of one of their homemade pies.
We had a great day trip adventure in Idywilld. It is truly a wonderful mountain community full of charm that is fido friendly. If you have a day, make your way up the mountain to enjoy the wonders this community offers. We look forward to returning for more Open Road 4Two exploring.