Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail

MODERATE 105 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1637 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
1 day ago

Great hike with perhaps the most consistently amazing view I've seen from a hike in so cal. The saddle junction ain't much, but it's still great. Remember to stop at the ranger station first for a wilderness permit!

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Mother's day hike. Returning after 40 years. Sad part is, I live so close to this trail. Beautiful day.

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hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, hadn't done it in about 9 years. Took our time going up, made it back down in 1:15. Lots of streams flowing, amazing vistas. Rangers thought there would be streams running through July.

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

Moderately up then back down the same relentless big water bars and stones. Great views including Suicide Rock and Lily Rock.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Just what we were looking for in a hike! Springs, vistas, crazy beautiful trees n rocks, and even melting snowpacks toward the top. A moderate challenge that delivered breathtaking views for my 12 year old daughter. Another positive experience on the road to getting her hooked in the outdoors.

1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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.