Sam Fink Peak ( 7339’ )
Location: Riverside County, about
6 miles east of Idyllwild, 112 miles from Los Angeles
: Oct 30, 2019 07:22 ~ 18:40 ( 11h 18m )
: Devils Slide Trailhead, Humber Park ( 07:22; 6527’ ) ~ Saddle Junction (
08:40; 8100’ ) ~ Tahquitz Creek ( 12:30; 6666’ ) ~ Sam Fink Peak Summit (
13:25; 7339’ ) ~ Saddle Junction ( 17:10; 8100’ ) ~ Trailhead ( 18:40; 6527’;
14.5 Miles; 4000’ Gain )
: Sierra Club HPS 8 Members
Leaders: Jeff Buchholz, Jerry Grenard, Bill Simpson, Sreedhar
DRIVING ROUTE 1
I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243). Note your odometer and go as
0.2 mile, turn left.
0.7 mile, turn right on San Gorgonio Avenue.
1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
25.0 miles, Idyllwild Ranger Station (San Bernardino National Forest) on
the left. Turn left on Pine Crest Avenue. Note your odometer and go as
0.6 mile, intersection. Make a half right on South Circle Drive.
0.7 mile, Fern Valley Drive on the left with a sign "Humber
Park". Turn left.
1.2 miles, fork. Keep left.
2.2 miles, trailhead on the left. This is the climbers trail for Suicide
Rock. Keep straight.
2.6 miles, Humber Park. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
Devils Slide Trail begins at the upper right corner of the parking lot.
From this trailhead (6500'), hike up the trail 2 1/2 miles to Saddle
Junction (8100'). At this point there are four trail choices.
the trail with a sign "Laws Camp" and "Caramba Camp."
Follow this trail through Tahquitz Valley and Reeds Meadow for 2 miles to
Laws Junction (7400').
right. Follow the trail 2 miles to Caramba Camp (6600').
Tahquitz creek at the south side of Caramba Camp. Follow a use trail past
Tahquitz Creek to the overlook campsite on the slope.
the slope southerly, curving around to the left staying about 50 yards
below the cliffs until you reach a ridge, or one can take a bearing on the
saddle from Caramba Camp and hike along the bearing to the saddle through
open country. The climb to the saddle is steep and about 500'.
the ridge and contour around until you reach the saddle at 7200'.
left (southeast) and scramble to the summit.