Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction Trail

MODERATE 163 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
1607 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
20 days 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.

25 days 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
26 days 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
26 days 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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

I love this place

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
3 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.

3 months ago

Beautiful groomed hike. Steady climb means a good workout!

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

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