Devils Chair Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Devil's Punchbowl is a point where 2 earthquake faults collide, creating upwards jutting vertical walls as high as 300 feet. It is a spectacular setting, with the high desert spreading out on one side, and the pine covered Angeles National forest on the other. The hike takes you along the mostly shaded rim of the Punchbowl, to the dramatic Devil's Chair, a breathtaking overlook with 360 degree views of the geologic formations. A rainbow of rock surrounds the Devils Chair with pink streaked chalk white cliffs, undulating tan crags, chocolate brown slabs, and green-gray ledges. This, combined with the green of the mountains and the blue sky, makes for a memorable image. Hikers with extra energy may want to also take the 1 mile loop trail, which drops down into the punchbowl amongst the stunning rock formations. Summer hikers should bring lots of water as it can get seriously hot in this area!
The first mile is a long gradual uphill that will have your heart beating. But then you get to enjoy that last downhill mile back to your vehicle. This is a fun hike, just enough ups and downs to keep things interesting.
It can get pretty crowded, but I have never had trouble finding parking. The punchbowl itself is interesting and pretty bizarre. Not a bad way to burn some calories.
Amazing views at every turn. I went two days before Christmas, and it was a beautiful, crisp day, high up in the mountain mists.
Awesome hike. Beautiful scenery. Make sure you take enough water and snacks if doing it in the summer.
Did this in the snow. Wearing shorts and an unzipped hoody the entire time. Super fun hike.
Fairly easy hike on a well maintained trail . It's 7.5 miles loop from parking lot... Easy for beginners or with children. Not crowded which is a plus
Great trail. Beautiful day. This is a pretty easy hike. Moderate just for the milage. I would love to do this trail again during the winter, when the Temps are cooler, and there is snow to add to the scenery.
Great hike. I believe it's more like 7.5 miles out and back without doing the loop in the Punch Bowl. Great scenes, rock formations, trail maintenance and ending! Good even for beginners, start earlier in the day.
Worth the hike