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100 Hikes In The San Gabriels: #56 Chilao to Devils Canyon

September 28, 2014 2 comments

Recently, me and one of my hiking buddies decided we were bored with the Santa Monica Mountains so we’ve started doing hikes from one of her many hiking books, Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels by John W. Robinson.

#56 Chilao to Devils Canyon
7 miles roundtrip reverse hike
1500′ loss/gain

I was uneasy about this hike because every review I read talked about how climbing back out of the canyon was difficult because the trail is steep. Um, no, it is not. I would describe it as long, gentle switchbacks. Not steep inclines or whatever. I did have to stop and rest several times coming back up, but that was mostly because I sit at a desk all week so my legs were tired.

Definitely have good treads on your shoes or hiking boots and I recommend a trekking pole. That being said, a family hiked all the way down and back up with their 4 & 5-yo boys who were wearing basic sneakers. Go figure.

I was worried about bears and mountain lions. We saw bear scat, but no animals or snakes. There are areas with really annoying bugs that want to land on your face so insect repellant is highly recommended. I wish I’d had some.

The trail was hard to find in some spots and coming back up we somehow found ourselves off the trail and sliding our way down a hill into the riverbed. My friend was able to climb up the loose hill to the trail on the other side but I wasn’t, so she came back down and we bushwacked our way to a more rocky area where I was able to climb out.

This is one of my favorite hikes ever so I hope you’ll check it out sometime.

*Update: This is also where I got a nasty case of poison oak that is currently itching me to death, so be on the lookout for that! Ugh.

 

 

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100 Hikes In The San Gabriels: Switzer Falls

Recently, me and one of my hiking buddies decided we were bored with the Santa Monica Mountains so we’ve started doing hikes from one of her many hiking books, Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels by John W. Robinson.

#17 Switzer Falls
4 miles out and back
‘600 gain

Other than losing our brand new $30 Adventure Pass, this was one of the best days ever. A lovely hike in cool mountain air with my favorite hiking buddies, Lori & Karen. Beautiful light and scenery. A bit of adventure, but not too strenuous for those of us who have been sitting our butts for 3 weeks during the heatwave.

After the hike we went up to Newcomb’s Ranch for delicious chili & cornbread. If you’re afraid of bees you can forget about sitting outside on the patio. Siiiiigh.

If you’re wondering where the pictures of the water falls are, their aren’t any falls, currently. We’re in a drought. We actually walked 1/4 mile past where they would’ve been, trying to find them!

Shout out to the helpful Park Ranger who saved us a long, steep, nasty walk back up the road at the end of the day by telling us we should move our car down to the lower (3rd) parking lot down at the trail head.