Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail

MODERATE 190 reviews
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Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1840 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

snow

Directions from Idyllwild, CA: Take the Fern Valley Road northeast towards Humber Park. Proceed to the parking area in Humber Park located on the east side of the community of Fern Valley.

hiking
16 days ago

Challenging as it is mostly uphill to the top. Beautiful and even with the temps warming up to high 80s in town it stayed cool enough up here especially in the shade. Trail very well maintained! Lots of backpackers coming down. Parking was full for a late morning arrival so if you're planning to go up, hit the Ranger station for your permit and adventure pass earlier in the morning. We got the last spot. Enjoyed lunch afterwards in the park where there were a couple picnic tables.

hiking
29 days ago

great views along trail. A little difficult, but worth it all the way up and down stopping A lot to talk to other hikers

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous and challenging!!! Will definitely be back to do it again soon!!

1 month ago

Hikes it on 4/7/2018
This is my new favorite hike! It’s so beautiful! Very enjoyable hike. Parking was very easy. Lots of dogs on the trail and very friendly people. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow. It was fun to talk to all the PCT hikers on the way up. We ate on the large boulder which marks the end of this trail and some hikers convinced us to continue to Tahquitz Peak which is not that much further. Make sure you put this on your list of hikes!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is super cool! Very well kept, beautiful views of Tahquietz Peak and Suicide Rock. Lot's of shade, switch backs and goes around mountain. Great workout! Make sure to get your Adventure pass, and requires permits at Ranger station.

Beautiful day out. Light snow and ice on the round made it air slippery on some spots. Once we made it to the junction it was even more beautiful and a great place to take some time to relax.

backpacking
2 months ago

We backpacked this trail on Feb 16, 2018 and it was definitely a steep long trail. Most people do not backpack this route and I can see why. It's really uphill most of the way and carrying 40+lbs on your back is rough. With that said this 49 year old and her friends and kids (ages 13 and 14) did great. We slept just near Saddle jct about 500 yds north on the PCT. There were patches of snow, and it was cold at night (down in the 25 degrees) If you plan to hike to the peak anytime soon bring microspikes as there is too much ice to hike without them.

The view was really lovely, but I won't be hiking this one again. Next time I'll stick with less uphill trails as I'm still learning to pack a lighter pack :)
Happy Hiking!

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyable hike. Weather cool and snow on ground and trees as we approached Saddle Junction. Round trip to Saddle Junction took 4 hrs including frequent stops for photos and resting at Saddle Junction.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. It was fairly busy, I brought my dog and she loved it! Don't forget a permit from the ranger station, and dogs should be leashed.

Neither my dog or myself is in great shape and we took it slow. 1hr 45 minutes to the saddle and 1.5hr down the hill. The time includes rest stops and time to chat with other hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike today and it was busy but still enjoyable. We took the teenagers and dog with us and everyone did well. You can feel the altitude going up which made it a bit challenging for us ocean dwellers but was worth it. I would like to go out farther next time. Remember to wear layers!

4 months ago

A beautiful hike with 1” of fresh snow. Will do it again.

4 months ago

Well maintained steady climb to the saddle. I would rate this on the high end of moderate.

hiking
5 months ago

Highly recommend this hike! The trail was crowded and it's uphill the whole way. Good to note there is no final "view" where the trail meets Saddle Junction. Took 2 hours, moving at a quick pace.

6 months ago

Took an older group of Boy Scouts (14-17 yr olds). Got there early on a Saturday morning and had no problem finding a parking spot. It was about 36 degrees when we started. But early on in the hike we were able to shed all our extra gear and we're quite comfortable in shorts and a T-shirt because of the strenuous climb and the speed at which the boys wanted to tackle this mountain! You are in the shade most of the hike, which was great. The views are awesome throughout the hike and the best is at the fire lookout house. What an amazing piece of history very well restored! Not and easy hike but not too hard. Moderate is the right ranking for this trail! going to do it again with my family!

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views along the hike, but no payoff view at the junction. You’ll have to hike further on another trail for that

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike got there later in the day but was still a great day, the hike was all uphill with lots of great views excited to come back

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views along entire trail. There is no water at the bathroom at the trail head so come prepared.

6 months ago

I love this place

6 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views. Going to feel it tomorrow. Continued to Pacific Crest Trail for half a mile then climb rocks to the east to see views of the value. Definitely worth it to make it to the top. Peak was at 8,500.

6 months ago

Beautiful this trail leads to other trails we completed Tahquitz peak from this trail

6 months ago

incredible views, well maintained trail. our only regret was that we didn’t have time to go further once we hit saddle junction.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail to do at midnight fir a Halloween Challenge. That's exactly what we did. It was easy to find and very easy to follow. It was the first of three trails we did that day. After this went to Suicide Rock then finished of with Devil's Peak (I don't recommend devil's Peak cause the trail is over grown with briars)

I'm definitely going back for a day hike and possibly continue on through to San Jacinto Peak

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Just hard enough to feel like you’ve really done something but still very accessible.

hiking
7 months ago

Hike was good and has some good views of the area. You need a permit do this hike from the Ranger station just down the road. Also if you want to park in humber park trailhead that requires a parking permit which costs $5 and you can get that from ranger station or any big stores around Idyllwild.

hiking
8 months ago

Went with my daughter's volleyball team. I loved the trail, it was steep but i loved it. Still sore, but was worth it. Will definitely head up these trails again soon.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike going up to Saddle Junction. Untrained hikers will probably experience this hike as hard, because there are a few steep parts. From Saddle Junction you can continue to Taquitz Peak, which adds another 2 miles (one way) to the hike. We didn't do that, because we ran out of time. It took us about 3 hours to compete this hike (up to the junction and back). You have great views of the park. We saw some small wildlife like squirrels, birds and lizards.

8 months ago

Beautiful groomed hike. Steady climb means a good workout!

hiking
9 months ago

Was a beautiful hike. Trails were great. Views awesome. And fern canyon was magical

10 months ago

This is a beautiful hike on a nice trail! Sun and shade. Some rocks, and is definitely moderate. You gain a lot of elevation! We are novice hikers, so it was a challenge! Worth the beautiful views.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trails. Decent, not great views. Good cover from the sun.

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