Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail is a 4.9 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.
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.
Hiked this today and it was fabulous! Yes, there is a bit of snow over the last mile and definitely in the saddle area but it wasn't icy more like soft and fall through in some places! Loved the views of Suicide Rock and Tahquitz Peak! We loved this hike. I will say that the ranger kind of discouraged us from hiking this as it would be icy but glad we did it!
If you are going on this trail as of march it is a wise idea to bring trekking poles and crampons, especially if you are trying to get to the PCT in saddle junction, which has about three feet of snow in many spots. This hike takes around three hours round trip and is probably the best hike in the area.
amazing trail wont regret it!!!! just as in FYI you do need a parking permit as well as a permit to hike the trail as it states on the billboard.
8200ft elevation, covered in snow as of feb 26. Was beautiful. Will come back!
Had a wonderful hike. Wore our yaketrak shoes
gorgeous hikenfrom Himber Park, made it to the second waterfall but the ice was too thick and we had to turn back. look forward to going to Saddle Junction and beyond in the spring
Pretty nice trail, strenuous but not too bad, great workout.
Beautiful views; fun hike
I hiked this trail as part of my trek to Tahquitz summit. As a standalone hike to go visit the junction, it is a good one. I saw a rattlesnake on the way back, uphill from the trail and stretched out. Just a reminder to keep watch as you hike.