Devils Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This quiet hike will take you from expansive views of the San Gabriel Wilderness down to a narrow canyon ﬂoor, where you’ll boulder hop and bushwhack your way to a backcountry campsite beside Devils Canyon Creek."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"The varied, rough, and remote habitat of the San Gabriel Wilderness harbors mule deer, Nelson bighorn sheep, black bears, and mountain lions—facts that hint at the quality of the wilderness experience you can get there. Only one trail stabs deeply into the corrugated heart of this wilderness: the Devils Canyon Trail. It leads you to a clear cascading stream, fringed by a green ribbon of vegetation, hidden in the crease of a 2000-foot-deep canyon. Splash around in shallow pools, watch ducks and water ouzels at work or play, fish for trout, or trek down-canyon to visit the upper lip of a waterfall."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
Left Saturday morning, and returned Sunday morning. Obtained parking permit and campfire permit at clear creek ranger station. Overall, good trip. Although not much water in the creeks on the way down, there was some at the campsite (although not much). Saw lots of wildlife (deer, squirrels, etc). Also, came across fresh bear tracks (but did not see a bear). Stayed one night and did not see any other people. Sign in sheet at trail head only showed three groups descending the trail in the last week. Took about 1 hour 40 minutes each way. Great weather and the bugs weren't too bad either. The trail to the waterfall is overgrown with too much brush to pass. Since the water was low, we ended up rock hopping in the creek to get there(which is where we found the bear tracks). It is a moderate hike and can easily be done as a day trip for experienced hikers.
Trail is well maintaned. There is many different types of terrain, from flat ground, stream crossings, and near rock climbing. The trial is not to strenuous,but a good workout. Be prepared to cross the stream multiple times and have some good waterproof shoes or extra socks because most likely your feet will get wet. We hiked in on the east fork side camped out and hiked back out the next morning. There is a good water source at all times for people with filter kits. Although we went on the off season the trail was still very crowded from runners and day hikers to backpackers hitting the whole trail. Overall a very good trail.
This trail is very interesting. The bighorn sheep and the bridge to nowhere are just a few of the overall attractions. If you were an alien and landed in the middle of this trail, you would get the impression of a lost civilization. Evidence of structures dot the trail and even pavement shows up and disappears. Be prepared to cross the river a dozen or so times and don’t expect that there is an easy way to do this. A little rock climbing adds to the adventure and the river is crisp and clean. Even the spot we camped in looked as if it was actually a foundation to a building that had passed on a long time ago. To learn more about our adventures go to www.socaltrailblazers.com
We started the trip from the East Fork Station end and hiked just beyond the bridge. We found a great campsite right next to the river. The trail isn't in very good shape and is very difficult to keep track of, but the hike does have quite a since of adventure. One tip from me is beware of the yuccas that are all over the place. On the way out I slipped a bit and threw my hand back to regain my balance when I nailed a yucca. I managed to get the yucca stuck clear through my right index finger. Needless to say it hurt like hell!! Still a great trip.
this was an outstanding trail, challenging and secluded yet easily accessible from los angeles. we had the trail to ourselves on memorial day weekend! only two to three hours from la, it has a beautiful combination of mountains views and river hiking. the trail is clear and well maintained in parts and open to interpretation at others. lots of high rock ledges and stream crossings, constantly shifting terrain and vegetation. we did it with both new experienced backpackers and everyone had a good time. some tips are that it will take longer than you expect (we got 1.5 miles/hour on average) and good campsites are few and far between but the ones we did find were halfway between lord of the rings and Sherwood forest. also there are a lot of rocks, so dogs will need booties and you will need bandaids. there were no bugs in may but also disappointingly little wildlife.
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