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Devil's Slide
  • Humber Park
  • Idyllwild, CA 92549

Ready for a workout? Devil’s Slide, a strenuous 4.8-mile round-trip hike, ascends more than 1,900 feet into the San Jacinto Wilderness, with switchbacks and a steady incline challenging even the most experienced explorers. The trail departs from Humber Park in Idyllwild — your last pit stop with restrooms and picnic tables — and requires a wilderness hiking permit as well as a $5/day Adventure Pass. Pick yours up at the Forest Service Ranger Station in town (arrive early, as they only issue 30 permits per day) and park in the paved lot near the trailhead. The well-maintained trail allows horses and leashed dogs and wanders through dense, shaded forest dotted with boulders and, in winter months, blanketed with snow. As you climb, be sure to pause every once in a while to admire the jaw-dropping views of pine-covered mountain peaks. About 2.47 miles in, you’ll arrive at Saddle Junction, a flatland where several trails, including Willow Creek, Caramba, and the renowned Pacific Crest, intersect and where hikers tend to stop, regroup, and rest before the trip back down.

On weekends, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, only 30 Devil's Slide hiking permits per day. Pick yours up at the Forest Service Ranger Station in town and park in the paved lot near the trailhead.

Total Distance: 4.8 miles Level: Difficult

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 4.8
  • Distance (km): 7.7
  • Difficulty Score: 21
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 6489
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1996
  • Elevation Loss (-): 1996
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1996
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 608
  • Minimum Elevation: 6488
  • Maximum Elevation: 8098
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 1610
  • Parking Type: Paved lot
  • Location: San Jacinto Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Idyllwild/Garner Valley
  • Dogs Allowed:
  • Horses Allowed:
  • Permit Required:
  • Restrooms:
  • Picnic Tables:
  • Seasonal Closures:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Humber Park
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