Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail

MODERATE 137 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

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
4 days 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.

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9 days ago

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17 days 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.

21 days ago

Beautiful groomed hike. Steady climb means a good workout!

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1 month ago

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

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2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Despite the name this is an extremely well maintained trail with fantastic views.

hiking
2 months ago

We drove up from Palm Springs to escape the heat and arrived about 7:30. The ranger station in Idyllwild opens at 8, so we had time to enjoy excellent coffee and scones at Idyllwild Bake Shop and Brew, a block away. Only 30 permits (1 per group) are issued daily for the hike, so get there early. Several rangers checked our permit on the trail. You need a $5 parking pass for the lot, which you buy at the ranger station. We only hiked to Saddle Junction because of time. Next time we'll go 1 1/2 miles further to to Taquitz Peak lookout for the great views.

3 months ago