Devils Canyon is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This hike was really beautiful - we went on a rare rainy day, and the cloud cover and fall colors changing made for a very cool, refreshing hike. We parked slightly up the road from the trailhead on the right at a small pullover area as recommended by the people at the Chilao Recreation Area. Otherwise, you have to pay for a recreation pass to park in the normal parking lot across the street from the trailhead. However, there were no cars parked at either location (one car in the normal lot when we returned). We went with our two dogs, who can both be reactive when seeing other dogs, and we saw no other dogs on the trail on an October Sunday starting off at about 9am. We saw a group of about six pass us when we were eating lunch near the dry river bed, but they were the only people we saw on the trail all day. The trail does get a bit narrow at certain points, but the varied terrain and views were very enjoyable, even though we got soaked from the rain on the way back up. The incline up is moderate, and didn't feel that strenuous. We'll definitely be back!
Devil'a Canyon is an awesome trail! Did this hike on a Sunday at around 2:30pm with a friend. We didn't come across one other person the whole time. There are beautiful views of the expansive mountains of the Angeles Forest. Great mix of shady/tree-covered areas and more exposed areas - it was great to feel the sun! It was magical walking along the river-bed (it was all dried up, but that's to be expected) during the latter end of the hike. Many great spots to chill, meditate, stretch, and just sit and appreciate. Although the first half is a descent down about 2000 ft, the incline is fairly gentle and the hike back up wasn't difficult. Definitely a new favorite spot! We'll be checking out more trails in the Angeles Forest.
Don't forget your adventure pass! Happy hiking! =)