Devil's Canyon, 5.3 miles RT, 1,357 +/-, April 15, 2018

We’ve been doing a lot of canyon hikes lately.  Devil’s Canyon was another one I’ve had on my “to do” list since we’ve been driving past it on the way to other hikes.  The trail takes you down into the rugged San Gabriel Wilderness.  It follows a babbling brook into the heart of Devil’s Canyon where it opens up to flat, sandy trail next to sparkling pools, cascades and smooth boulders that make a great place to have lunch.  There’s also a primitive backcountry campground that you can stay at just a little further up the trail.  I liked this hike a lot.  The trail is quite narrow in many spots so you need to stay focused, but it’s not sketchy.  The grade is also gradual, so climbing up isn’t so bad since you’ll gain all your elevation on the way out.

 The sign for Devil's Canyon is easy to spot along Angeles Crest Highway.

The sign for Devil's Canyon is easy to spot along Angeles Crest Highway.

 The trail starts off directly across the highway from the parking lot.

The trail starts off directly across the highway from the parking lot.

 The views start right at the beginning of the hike.

The views start right at the beginning of the hike.

 Heading down.

Heading down.

 Looking down into the San Gabriel Wilderness and Devil's Canyon.

Looking down into the San Gabriel Wilderness and Devil's Canyon.

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 Much of this trail gets narrow off and on so you'll be pretty focused on the terrain as you hike this one.

Much of this trail gets narrow off and on so you'll be pretty focused on the terrain as you hike this one.

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 Heading down to the creek.

Heading down to the creek.

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 More narrow trail.

More narrow trail.

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 A small cascade.

A small cascade.

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 There were a few trees down along the trail, but you can see they've done some trail maintenance.

There were a few trees down along the trail, but you can see they've done some trail maintenance.

 Approaching the heart of Devil's Canyon.

Approaching the heart of Devil's Canyon.

 This open area was a really nice surprise.

This open area was a really nice surprise.

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 Lots of cool refreshing pools of water.

Lots of cool refreshing pools of water.

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 We had a snack break on this awesome rock.

We had a snack break on this awesome rock.

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 Heading back up now.

Heading back up now.

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 Baby Blue Eyes.

Baby Blue Eyes.

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 Almost back to the parking lot.

Almost back to the parking lot.