[pct-l] Deer Springs Trail Into Idyllwild

David Ellzey david at xpletive.com
Sun Apr 5 15:54:35 CDT 2009

I believe that most PCT hikers get to Saddle Junction, look at the 2.5 miles down Devils Slide and are hoping to hitch a ride to town at Humber Park. If they fail it's a miserable road stumble to town. 

Otherwise it's another 4.2 miles to Strawberry Junction where you would leave the PCT and take Deer Springs 4.3 miles to Hwy 243. It's less than a mile from there to town.

I suppose trail condition and steepness is subjective but I always considered Deer Springs to be a well maintained and relatively mellow trail.


-----Original Message-----
From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Daniel Bailey
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2009 10:13 AM
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] Deer Springs Trail Into Idyllwild

>From my recollection, last year, we considered using the Deer Springs Trail
to get back up to the PCT when there was a fire that shut down 40 miles of
trail forcing us to road walk from Paradise Cafe to Idyllwild.  The general
concensus from town folk was that the Deer Springs trail was narrow, steep,
and not well maintained.  Thankfully, the Devil's slide trail opened up and
we were able to go that route.

Be well,


Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 08:03:33 -0700
From: Phil Newhouse <newhoupa1 at gmail.com>
Subject: [pct-l] Deer Springs Trail Into Idyllwild
To: "pct-l at backcountry.net" <pct-l at backcountry.net>
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> Any thoughts on why the Deer Springs trail is not the "preferred" path into
> Idyllwild for PCT hikers? (California Section B)
> phil
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