Devils Canyon

MODERATE 28 reviews
#37 of 146 trails in

Devils Canyon is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, California 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.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

walking

forest

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Good overall canyon hike, but trail is not wide.

hiking
1 month ago

Hikes this in September and the bugs were thick and persistent! It was pretty, but I don't think I'd hike it again due to the bugs.

hiking
3 months ago

This would have been an even better hike in the winter or spring. I almost gave this hike 3 stars but that was due to time of year, lack of water and heat. There was NO water in the streams. We started at 7:30 am and finished at Noon. The hike uphill on the way back was brutal in the summer heat and no shade for the last mile or two. Beautiful views and peaceful. We came across maybe 6 other hiker the whole hike.

hiking
4 months ago

If you're going in the summer, start early and end early. The ascent is hot. Also, note that it's an "upside down hike" (the first half is downhill and the second is uphill).

backpacking
5 months ago

Nice hike - all downhill on way in and really nice and shaded during the 2nd half of the hike in. Multiple small river crossings and very narrow at parts. Nice big flat area for camping and multiple fire pits. Definitely gets hot early so for hike back out make sure to get an early start if you're camping!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Get there early to avoid the heat. Very thin/narrow trail along the side of a steep ledge.

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike down to a good flat camping spot with a fire circle. A less traveled narrow trail, but easy to follow. No trash, just a lot of branches on the trail from the high winds the night before.

6 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Not sure what trail John Smith was on but no trash or graffiti anywhere. Beautiful views, quiet, only saw 3 people on the trail on a Sunday afternoon. Perfect narrow trail, great vistas, crosses the stream a good number of times and offers some bouldering opportunities. Looks like the trail had just been groomed. Will be there again.
Hint: Save some steam for the treck back.

hiking
9 months ago

Trash everywhere on the trail and graffiti. Narrow trail along big sheer cliff. Park Ranger said it will be closed down for renovation for next few months.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and clean hike love it.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

What a wonderful trail to visit. Not only is the drive to the trailhead beautiful, the trail itself is immaculate. No signs of human litter anywhere. That is something I hope for on trails way out of the city.

I took my dog here on a Saturday and only saw about three people on the trail on the way down in the afternoon. The scenery varies all the way down and has gorgeous views along the switchbacks. It is a narrow trail switching backing down a canyon wall for most of it, so well balanced people should be okay.
I'm not sure where the end is, but at the river bed there was a landing with a fire pit and tree benches, a nice spot to relax.
Overall, it was as awesome as I hope for in this area. QUIET, FAR AWAY, FRESH AIR!
But don't get fooled going down, it may seem easy, but it's tricky. Rather steep going back up but 1500 isn't much, just keep chugging!

Monday, November 14, 2016