If you are ready to plunge into exploring Riverside County’s watersheds and get outside for a bit of fresh air, look no further than the Devil’s Slide Trail in Idyllwild. This path begins at Humber Park and leads you from the Santa Ana River Watershed up and through the Whitewater River Watershed, via the vast system of trails that make up Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
This magnificent trail is great for those seeking an adventure – it was not named Devil’s Slide for nothing. Even though this trail has steep inclines, it is also one of the most traversed paths in the area and you don’t want to miss out on the breathtaking views it offers.
The Devil’s Slide trail brings hikers to gorgeous vistas that overlook both Suicide Rock and Taquitz Rock, both of which are popular rock-climbing spots. The surrounding hills are full of life and blooming desert wildflowers.
The Devil’s Slide itself is only a 2.5 mile out-and-back route, but those looking for longer trek can continue on to other connecting trails to Saddle Junction, Wellman’s Divide, and ultimately the San Jacinto Peak. This peak sits over 10,000 feet in elevation. The journey from the Slide trailhead at Humber Park to the San Jacinto Peak is a strenuous 15.5 mile trip.
Be sure to pick up a daily visitor pass from the ranger station at Humber Park before starting your climb up Devil’s Slide. To ensure you get a permit we recommend going during the week as the permits are budgeted on the weekends.
Please check out Mt. San Jacinto Park website before heading out for any updates related to COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Remember to practice social distancing when out on the trail and where a mask when you cannot keep six feet away from others. You can learn more about social distancing practices and recommendations here.
The San Jacinto Mountains are calling, so grab your friends and take on a challenging, but rewarding hike.