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