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    Devils Canyon Trail

    San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California
    Elevation Gain2,431ft
    Trailhead Elevation5,301ft
    Elevation Min/Max3950/5301ft
    Elevation Start/End5301/5301ft

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    Murrieta, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    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.
    La Mirada, CA
    Adventurer | 235 pts
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    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.
    La Habra, CA
    Adventurer | 413 pts
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    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
    Vista, CA
    Pathfinder | 191 pts
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    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.
    Los Angeles, CA
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    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.
    Santa Monica, CA
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    went during the early spring and water levels are high. when the river level is high you should keep this hike to experienced backpakers. i took a novice and it became a little hairy on some of the many water crossings below the bridge. for me though it was a beautiful hike challenging with lots to see.

    Trail Information

    San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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    San Gabriel Wilderness
    Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, San Gabriel River Ranger District
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    USGS Waterman Mountain
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