The parking for this trail is at milepost 50.5 on the west side of the Angeles Crest Highway, ~0.1 mile south of the turnoff for the Chilao Visitor Center, opposite the signed trailhead on the east side of SR2. An Adventure Pass is required.
The trail leads southeast from the trailhead, and is shown on the topo map to the canyon bottom. For some reason, unlike the real topo map, the online topo map does not show the trail clearly for the first 200' of altitude descent.
Hike #56 is 7 miles roundtrip, 1500' altitude gain and loss, from the trailhead to the canyon bottom. Hike #56-2 adds heading downstream to the lip of the first waterfall, making the trip 9.8 miles, 2100' roundtrip. Do not try descending the waterfall without appropriate gear.
There is no apostrophe in the place name Devils Canyon, per the USGS Style convention. This trip was renumbered as trip #57 beginning in the Sixth Edition of Trails of the Angeles.
When available, the date of the described hike is given in parentheses for each link.
The U.S. Forest Service's Chilao to Devils Canyon (<1998)
GORP's Chilao to Devils Canyon (<1998)
Yahoo! Sports' and Wildernet's Chilao to Devils Canyon (<2000)
Etreking.com's San Gabriel Mountains: scroll down the page until you get to Chilao to Devil's Canyon, since find doesn't work.
Christopher E. Brennen's Adventure Hikes And Canyoneering In The San Gabriels (don't try any of these "hikes" unless you have the skills for such hazardous hikes!):
- Skull Canyon (1995)
- Upper Devils Canyon (<1999)
Erik Siering's Devils Canyon (01Nov97) (parts of this "hike" requires rappelling skills)
Mike Bradford's Mt. Wilson Birds (includes sightings in Devils Canyon)
Trails of the Angeles, John W. Robinson, Sixth Edition, January 1990, #57, Chilao to Devils Canyon, San Gabriel Wilderness, p. 114. (< 1990).
Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles County, Schad, 2nd edition, September 2000 (1st printing), Area A-10, Trip 2, Upper Devils Canyon, p. 250. (< 2000). Schad describes #56-2. Schad gives the milepost as 50.4 miles.
Links checked 2/11/01.
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Updated 16 August 2003.