The Devil’s Slide Trail is a scenic and popular connector trail leading from the Humber Park trailhead in Idyllwild to the five-point Saddle Junction in the San Jacinto Wilderness. The trail is well maintained and climbs steeply over a stair stepping path and series of switchbacks. Along the way, you get superb views of Suicide Rock and Lily Rock (aka Tahquitz Rock) before the trail ends at the 6,100 feet high Saddle Junction.
Distance: 5.0 miles
Duration: 2.5-3.0 hours
Elevation Gain: 1700 feet
The Devil’s Slide Trail got it’s name way back in time before the switchbacks were added. Back then, cattle ranchers used to run their herds up the then treacherous slopes to graze in the lush Tahquitz Valley. Now the trail is a well graded and picturesque hiking path. But it is admittedly a bit rocky and steep in places.
Once you get to Saddle Junction, you can find trails that lead in several directions, including to San Jacinto Peak and Tahquitz Peak. But for this hike, you’ll enjoy a nice break at the spacious Saddle Junction before heading back the way you came.
Stair Stepping up the Devil’s Slide Trail
The Devil’s Slide Trail to Saddle Junction is a nice destination for a recreational day hike if you happen to live reasonably close. The trail is scenic, mostly shaded and the destination is big and spacious.. Plus there are several logs you can sit on at the Saddle while you enjoy a lunch or energy snack.
As saddles go, Saddle Junction is much more scenic and spacious than the Icehouse Saddle located in the Mt Baldy area. Plus the hike up the Devil’s Slide Trail to Saddle Junction is less strenuous and not quite as long as the Icehouse Canyon Trail. And the views you get of Suicide Rock from the Devil’s Slide Trail just can’t be matched.