Devils Slide, Willow Creek and Caramba Trial to Skunk Cabbage Meadow

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San Jacinto Wilderness

Devils Slide, Willow Creek and Caramba Trial to Skunk Cabbage Meadow is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.2 miElevation gain1,811 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRocky
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Partial closure. The Caramba Trial portion of this loop is temporarily closed but the trail can still be completed as an 'out and back.' https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=74118

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Tara Steward
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Poles definitely recommended. Some icy sections but manageable with proper gear. No signs of Caramba closure but don’t attempt to find the trail, it’s pretty overgrown/snowed out.

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Earth’s Trails
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HikingIcy

This trail was amazing, first time here, the snow on the trail and surrounding area everything look just beautiful. Take Treks and Snow traction cleats. Still plenty of snow on the trail.

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Daniela Cheptene
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Evelyn Avalos
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Plenty of shade. Gradual incline. Not tons of views but maybe I didn’t venture off enough.

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Mark Roberts
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Excellent moderate hike. Some gnats on way up, but not terrible. The Caramba Trail portion of this hike is now open. Most hikers had masks and were courteous. Ferns in Skunk Cabbage Meadow are turning for fall. Many are gloriously golden.

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Gary Marsalone
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Josh Kvavle
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Nathan Nightenhelser
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Bugs (gnats, flys, and mosquitoes) were horrific on the way up (started up around 6:30). We had bug repellant and didn't seem to make much of a difference, so I highly recommend wearing a net. Once you get to saddle junction they disappear. Overall a great trail with nice views on the way up and lots of greenery on the loop with a little stream. Took us a little over four hours with breaks for the pups.

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Levon Bragg
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Allen Burkett
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Banyan Office
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Great trail. Started at 9:15am on a Sunday. Saw very few people. Nice uphill all the way to saddle, but not steep. We were back down at car by 12:40. Was starting to get hot so recommend earlier in day during summer.

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KEN SENG
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I had quite the adventure trying to get to Karamba overlook. Eventually I got so sick of white thorns that I decided to bail and bushwhacked up Willow Creek to get back to a trail. Really fun but my legs are really torn up. Next time I will wear pants and gators. I would also plan for an overnight because things really slow down when you get to the overgrowth area.

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Renée Lusano
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A bit crowded on weekends, and mostly narrow making it hard to distance from people. Lovely trail, as of 5/31, there’s still a great fresh water source flowing around 1.4 miles in where you can filter water. There’s another creek with water way up top in the meadow that you cross twice when you do the loop.

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Helen C
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Packed parking lot today at trail head Humber Park. We had to park a mile away. Quite a lot of people on trail today. Many wore face masks when passing each other. Everyone we met along the trail was very courteous and respectful. Gorgeous day for a hike. For us, this was a strenuous upward climb for 2.5 miles. Towards the last portion of trail to Saddle Junction, quite a lot of sharp turns and steeper 20% incline. We stopped and rested along the way. Took us 3 hours to arrive Saddle Junction. On the way down was easier. Took us an hour and half. But we are very slow hikers.

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Brian Tiffany
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Hiked this with the intention of doing the large loop via the PCT but the deep snow turned us around about a 1/2 mile from saddle jct., so we opted for the standard loop. There was still a lot of snow on the standard loop with the occasional knee deep post hole. I would expect that it will melt out in the next week or two. Saw only 13 others on the trail today and was able to easily keep a 6’ social buffer.

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Michael Proctor
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Nice day. A little icy getting up the slide. Some of the trails on top have lots of snow so direction you have to pay attention to.

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Luv2hike User
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Kristen Luke
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The trail is currently open. However, with all the snow melt you have to navigate through some streams up Devil’s Slide and once you get into the meadow.

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Sycrid Davis
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It requires a permit to park and to hike

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Adam Hertel
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Did this as a beautiful hike Thanksgiving weekend. Adding the additional 1.5 or 2 mile alpine meadows triangle beyond Saddle Junction is a great way to see different scenery after Devil’s Slide. The Skunk Cabbage portion just reopened after being closed for years from 2013 fire damage so the forest floor is still regrowing, but the massive charred trees add unique beauty. Nice spots up top for sitting in stillness as sun seeps through trees with soft trail footing.

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Juice D.
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After a moderately hard climb up Devil’s Slide Trail, the walk through Skunk Cabbage Meadow was shady, flat, and a different view. The trails extending further past the meadow towards the lake and desert view are still closed off from the 2013 fire damage. (October 2017)

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Anna Pudelek
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A beautiful place to go for a short hike. The Meadow is a wonderful place for a picnic lunch!

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Matt Kline
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aimee pi
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Harry W
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beckykwarren User
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