Strawberry-Saddle Loop

Idyllwild, California 92549

Strawberry-Saddle Loop

Strawberry-Saddle Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Although bordered by desert and semi-arid hill country, the San Jacintos are a particularly lush mountain range. Nowhere is this more evident than at the numerous springs and marshy cienegas that dot the upper slopes. The abundant rain and snow that fall at the high elevations seep into the porous granite, which acts as a natural storage reservoir. Water from this rock reservoir flows out at many points high in the mountains, forming emerald-green and flowery marshes threaded by clear, gurgling streamlets. One of the lushest of these sloping mountainside gardens is Strawberry Cienega, high on the south face of Marion Mountain.

This loop trip—requiring a short car shuttle between Idyllwild and Humber Park—climbs the Deer Springs Trail to Strawberry Junction, turns east on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and contours across the steep south slope of Marion Mountain past Strawberry Cienega, and then descends the PCT to Saddle Junction and the Devils Slide to Humber Park. It is a delightful daylong hike."

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3,400 feet
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Trail Type
San Jacinto Peak (7.5-minute), San Jacinto Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
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Nov 2018