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Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole

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  • Vault toilet facility at the parking area/trailhead at Splinters Cabin.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Splinters Cabin at the trailhead for Deep Creek Canyon/Aztec Falls.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Pacific Crest Trail pedestrian bridge crossing along the route to Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Pacific Crest Trail en route to Devils Hole in Deep Creek Canyon.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • View of Deep Creek Canyon looking south.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • View back south to Aztec Falls from the Pacific Crest Trail.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • View along Deep Creek Canyon.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Looking down at a swimming hole and beach along the Deep Creek Canyon and Pacific Crest Trail.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • View north to Deep Creek Canyon.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Scarlet bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius) along the Deep Creek Canyon Trail.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Swimming holes and beach on the East Fork Mojave River, Deep Creek Canyon.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Swimming holes and beach on the East Fork Mojave River, Deep Creek Canyon.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Deep Creek Canyon 0.5 miles upstream from Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Deep Creek Canyon 0.5 miles upstream from Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Deep Creek Canyon swimming hole 0.5 miles upstream from Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Deep Creek Canyon swimming hole 0.5 miles upstream from Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Deep Creek Canyon swimming hole 0.5 miles upstream from Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • The Pacific Crest Trail just upstream from Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
  • A juvenile western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) at Devils Hole.- Upper Deep Creek Canyon to Devils Hole
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Southern California's best swimming holes along entire route.
Cons: 
Sun and heat exposure during summer months.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
420.00 ft (128.02 m)
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,600.00 ft (1,402.08 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Devils Hole is a perfect summer swim spot in Deep Creek. Requiring a further hike than the nearby Aztec Falls, this swimming hole is less crowded and even more rewarding. It is roughly 3 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking northward from Splinter's Cabin Trailhead.

All along the way are beautiful swimming holes, so you can make an entire day of the out-and-back journey. Some of the descents to the water can be treacherous, and the trail itself is narrow in some places, so watch your footing. You will know you are near Devils Hole when the trail intersects an OHV road. Turn right here and follow the road a short distance toward the river, then pick your way down a final steep section to water level.

The hike is well worth it. Everyone will enjoy a cool soak in Devils Hole, but thrill-seekers will especially enjoy the cliff jumping. Ledges of various heights line the deep pool, though not every spot is deep enough to jump, so use caution and spot the landing.

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