Camp Emerson

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Camp Emerson
Camp Emerson
Location 53155 Idyllbrook Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Boseker Scout Reservation - more commonly known as Camp Emerson but also including Camp Brown, has been in continous operation for nearly 100 years, making it one of the oldest boy scout camps on the US West Coast. It is located in Idyllwild, California and operated by the California Inland Empire Council.

Scenic Idyllwild

Idyllwild, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley are three adjacent unincorporated communities, of which Idyllwild is the largest, located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County,

"Mile-high Idyllwild" (elev 5,400 ft) is a popular southern California mountain resort about one mile (1.6 km) in altitude.

Boseker Scout Reservation

Summer Camp at Emerson

Camp Brown

Local Attractions

Tahquitz Peak

Tahquitz Peak is a granite, 8,846-foot-tall rock formation located on the high western slope of the San Jacinto mountain range, above the mountain town of Idyllwild. Tahquitz has a steep approach hike (approximately 800-foot elevation gain in a half mile), leading to a roughly 1000-foot face. Tahquitz, which can refer to both the rock outcrop and the outcrop's parent peak, is a popular hiking destination to the fire lookout station and the rock climbing area.

Tahquitz Peak can be reached from one of several trails, and is only a half-mile deviation from the Pacific Crest Trail. The most direct route is the South Ridge trail starting in Idyllwild, California. This trail is a direct hike to the peak and is typically used as an "out and back" route, four miles in length, featuring a 2400 ft. elevation gain.

Suicide Rock

Suicide Rock (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. 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.


Mountain Hiking

Idyllwild is flanked by two large and one smaller rock formation, Tahquitz Peak (with nearby Lily Rock) and Suicide Rock, which are famous in Southern California rock climbing circles, and Mt Atlas. One of Idyllwild's attractions is that it offers all four seasons, yet in winter is only an hour's drive down to the desert on the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway.

Flora and Fauna

Ancient ponderosa pine is the major flora of the area.

CIEC Council

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This district is part of The California Inland Empire Council (CIEC), headquartered in Redlands, California, and serves youth members and volunteer leaders through Scout units in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties of California. It is a local council (#045) of the Boy Scouts of America. All youth are invited to join scouting.

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