Devils Canyon

MODERATE 25 reviews
#36 of 141 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
1450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

walking

forest

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
2 days 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 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
6 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
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice and clean hike love it.

7 months ago

hiking
8 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!

9 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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!