Suicide Rock

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Suicide Rock from the Devil's Slide Trail
Suicide Rock Arlyn Asch.jpg

Suicide Rock[1] (once Suicide Peak) is a granite outcrop (7,510 feet (2,290 m)) near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, which is popular with rock climbers. Over three hundred climbing routes have been described.[2] It is located near Tahquitz Peak.

According to legend, the name of Suicide Rock comes from a story of a Native American princess and her lover who, after being ordered to separate, instead committed suicide by jumping off the rock. It is speculated that this story originated as a derivative of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona story, in an attempt to boost tourism to this area in the late 19th century.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Suicide Rock
  2. ^ "Suicide Rock: Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering". SummitPost. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  3. ^ "Summit Signature: 27J Suicide Rock". Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-03-07.

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Coordinates: 33°46′15″N 116°41′50″W / 33.77083°N 116.69722°W / 33.77083; -116.69722