Devils Gate via Flint Canyon is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near La Canada Flintridge, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Equestrian/Hiking trail that starts from Cherry Canyon and winds through the neighborhoods of La Canada Flintridge and connects to Devil's Gate Reservoir and The Hahamongna Watershed Park. This hike begins from Hampstead Road at the Cherry Canyon Motorway. Cross Hampstead road and follow the well marked Flint Trail as in winds its way through various properties in the area. The trail crosses several residential streets untill it reaches Chula Senda Lane. Turn left and then make an immediate right on a private street named Woodfield Road (don't worry, trail access is allowed). After a bend you will link up with the trail again. After a little over a mile the trail drops down next to a small wooded creek that is hidden in the middle of suburbia. Continue along this trail as it parallels the freeway and then crosses under the street and then the freeway. You will emerge from the other side at the Devil's Gate reservoir.
I must be an idiot because this was confusing as heck. Couldn't find the beginning of this trail from Cherry Canyon Motorway so I drove to Woodfield Road and started from there. That stroll was pretty interesting. You go under the 210 and then out of a tunnel. Then it's like, what? Where do you go? So I walk around to try and figure it out. There's a tunnel to your right on the other side of the Devils Dam sign. Go through there and then walk down and past the swings and you're there.
Wouldn't necessarily call this a hike, but was really interesting.
It was an easy hike, just really exposed for the majority of the time, so bring water and wear sunscreen. Dog friendly (which is awesome) and horse friendly (which is what I didn't like about it because there were massive piles of horse dung all along the trail). Once you go through the tunnel, there's a gate that is typically locked with a no trespassing sign, so go down the trail and take a right along the dried creek to get to the gate. Don't go under the bridge, because that's a different trail and I'm not sure where it leads. It's pretty cool. I'd recommend it.
Nice walk. A little difficult to find which is great. My friend and I were the only people at the rock. I wish they would clear the brush a little better. Pretty soon the path will be very difficult to find and get through. Other than that, it was nice and did get a little creepy after playing with the echoes from the wash behind the gate. The echoes are unlike any other tunnel or echo producing structure. The vibes were a little intense.
Fun easy walk under bridges, through tunnels. Massive man-made concrete structures hidden in the trees. Lots of little secret paths leading to ??? secret adventures.
This trail isn't exactly breathtaking. It is definitely on the creepy spooky side. There are stories of children who have disappeared and various ghost stories. I recommend bringing a friend or coming in a group. It's interesting. The damn in the bridges are really nice features.
This is a quickie right near my house. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of nature and wildlife I actually got to see. It is worth checking out at least to see what is hiding right under your nose, but the noise from the freeway and everything else knocks it down a few stars.