A secluded hike in the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains, which offers expansive mountain views from Devil's Canyon while following a clearly marked trail that weaves around a seasonal creek throughout the trek.
- There is a large selection of coffee shops in La Cañada Flintridge (the city before entering the Angeles Forest via Angeles Crest Highway) off Foothill Boulevard. While taking the off ramp to the Angeles Crest Highway, instead of taking the left to the mountains you can go right and Foothill Boulevard is the next light down. Depending on what you're looking for, here are a few I enjoy before my adventures:
- Consider taking the 134 East to the CA 2 North in order to avoid any and all congestion that occurs downtown. Once you're on the CA 2 North, you'll merge onto 210 East / CA 2 and take the first exit directing towards the Angeles Crest Highway. After passing the Angeles Forest entrance, you'll pass the Mount Wilson Red Box Road and continue driving along CA 2 for another 12 miles until you reach the Devil's Canyon turnout on the west side of the CA-2. Park your car in the turnout near the restroom stall and be sure to have your Adventure Pass visible in the windshield.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park. If you do not have one, you can purchase a pass for $5 at Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar (feel free to stop for a meal before or after your hike), which is a little further north along the CA-2. If you're planning to hike in the Angeles Forest quite a bit, consider purchasing the annual pass for $30. Either works depending on the amount of activity you plan to do within the year. However, be sure to check the Angeles Designated Recreation Sites list in case the parking requirements change at a later date.
- Begin at the Devil's Canyon heading to the east side of the CA-2.
- You'll notice a "San Gabriel Wilderness" sign along with a sign-in post nearby.
- Thankfully, this trail for Devil's Canyon is clearly marked without any trail intersections the rest of the way down the canyon. Continue for as long as you'd like or hike the full 3.5-miles down to the end of the trail before returning back the same way.
- Keep in mind, you'll be heading downhill the first half and need to trek uphill the rest of the way back to the car.