Devils Canyon

MODERATE 33 reviews
#37 of 151 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
2 hours ago

The trail was reasonably challenging. The trail is VERY narrow & has a number of fallen tress in the path. Along the trail are steep slopes of very loose soil/gravel. So mind your step. There are few small streams to cross as you get closer to the bottom until you walk into a dry riverbed. The trail actually extends beyond the point on the map. We walked roughly an additional mile & ate lunch on some big rocks next to the stream.

The hike, for us, was more moderate/hard and the erosion & steepness of the slopes at times made it a bit harrowing a couple of times. The scenery was similar from the top until close to the end. We took both our dogs who really enjoyed it. It was a great hike in the woods but not as much variation in vegetation & scenery as we tend to prefer.

p.s. there was no waterfall but may have been that hiked in mid-January

hiking
2 months ago

Good overall canyon hike, but trail is not wide.

hiking
3 months 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 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
11 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
Monday, January 16, 2017

Nice and clean hike love it.

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, September 22, 2014

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! =)

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