Devils Slide Trail 3E05

Area Status: Open
This popular trailhead is located on the San Jacinto Ranger District.

This 2.5 mile moderate trail ascends from Humber Park to Saddle Junction with many switchbacks and far reaching views. Starting at 6,400 ft. the elevation gain is 1,700 ft. From Saddle Junction, a network of trails lead to San Jacinto Peak (10,834 ft.), the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (8,516), and Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout (8,846 ft.). The Pacific Crest Trail passes through Saddle Junction. This is part of the San Jacinto Wilderness area. Backpacking is allowed in the Chinquapin, Skunk Cabbage, Tahquitz and North Rim zones.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Humber Parking lot is closed. Day use permits are required for all wilderness trails.   San Jacinto Wilderness Visitor Permit Application The trail can be very dangerous when snow and ice conditions are present, especially on Chinquapin Ridge, between Pacific Crest Trail and Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout. Visitors should take extreme caution and only go with proper gear (e.g. traction devices, ice axe, etc.) and experience/training using that gear.  
Fees: U.S. Fee Area Logo Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page. Acquire the pass before arriving at Humber Parking Lot, available at various local vendors.
Permit Info: Day use permits are required for all wilderness trails.  Devil's Slide permits are limited on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Memorial weekend until Labor Day weekend.  You must have a permit stamped for that date, issued by the staff, all others are not valid.  Send in your permit request in advance by mail or fax.  Have a second choice in mind, in case you cannot get a Devil's Slide permit for Saturday or Sunday during that period.  San Jacinto Wilderness Visitor Permit Application
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Group size is limited to 12 people.
  • No campfires allowed.  Portable gas stoves are allowed.
  • Camp on a durable surface at least 200 feet away from other people, trails, meadows, and water sources.
  • Pack out what you pack in.  Leave no Trace!
  • Dogs are prohibited in the State Park Wilderness
Closest Towns: Idyllwild
Water: No
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass is required for parking at Humber parking lot.
Information Center:
San Jacinto Ranger District
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549

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