Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail

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Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail is a 11.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.1 km Elevation Gain: 561 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

bird watching

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.

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icy
snow
8 days ago

Super fun. Took the pooches. They loved the snow.

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icy
muddy
snow
23 days ago

Beautiful, not much parking at all and the parking lot was closed due to ice. You need a permit, most people did not have their dogs leashes so watch out. Currently at least 60 percent is covered in snow and ice.

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icy
snow
23 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

winter was great...early 6am fresh snow...great place

Nice short little trail. Great views of tahquitz and suicide rock on the way. Watch out for snakes!

Always a fun hike to the junction and back. Lots of people on the trail today. So many wildflowers still blooming! Gorgeous. Saw another rattlesnake on the way down to Humber Park. My dog stepped on it! Scary. Water is still flowing in some places. Temps were perfect today.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail! Great views and diverse scenery. Lots of shade.

hiking
8 months ago

this trail requires adventure pass for parking. on weekends you have to have a permit, only 30 permits are issued per day.

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rocky
8 months ago

Beautiful trail w/ big views & steady incline up to Saddle junction. Somewhat strenuous, but good. Hiked on 5/11/19. Temps high 60's/low 70 at Humber Park trailhead. Temp ~40 degrees @ Saddle Junction.

10 months ago

beautiful, very moderate, not icy

hiking
10 months ago

Great views

hiking
snow
10 months ago

muddy
rocky
snow
10 months ago

Beautiful, cloudless day of hiking 03/30/19. We went 2 miles in, wearing regular hiking shoes (no spikes), before needing to turn around d/t snow and ice on the trail. Lots of people out. Nice views for sure. Will return to finish it off and make it to the peak :)

The trail was in pretty good shape.You might need microspikes for early morning hiking. Great views of Taquiz and Suicide Rock. It was great to see the streams flowing.

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muddy
snow
11 months ago

Lots of snow on St. Patrick’s Day. Recommend poles and/or yaktraks.

Mon Dec 10 2018

just a great hike with shade and fantastic views

hiking
Sat Nov 24 2018

Nice hike up to the saddle from Devil's Slide. Just a short trip from here to Tahquitz Peak or a longer trek to Mt. San Jacinto. Great views of Suicide Rock going up. Don't forget to get a pass at ranger station in town. I believe this trail has a sign that says "No Dogs" but I always see lots of dogs on trail. Last time I was on her to MSJ I saw a baby rattlesnake. Great small hike.

Sun Nov 18 2018

All incline so be ready to up hill it - it ends meeting up with several trail junctions so there are options to keep on with another trail with less incline. Beautiful views! And close to town center.

hiking
Sun Oct 07 2018

Just came off this trail. it has a well earned "moderate" rating as it is approximately 2.6 miles of constant grade from the trailhead the saddle. Trail is well maintained, switchbacks are well graded. All in all, this is a great hike with nice access to the PCT, Taquitz Peak (1.4 miles south from the saddle), and San Jacinto peak via the PCT (7 miles north from the saddle).

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