Devils Chair Trail

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Devils Chair Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, CA 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.

9.1 miles 1935 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

washed out

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!


12 days ago


1 month ago

hiking

I recommend going early in the day to beat the heat. Don't this trail several times, at least 5, love it - great workout! Narrow in some areas and steep in others. After the first mile in (which is a steady uphill) its pretty calm until the very end to the actual chair. On the way back, the switch backs are no joke especially with the sun hitting you. Take water and a hiking buddy!


1 month ago

hiking

This is a great hike. The visitor center will tell you it's 7.2 miles out and back. I recorded the journey with Alltrails (picking the 3.6 mile hike listed of the three Devil's Chair hikes on the site) and it logged 9.2 miles out and back. The last half mile or so is downhill, but it wasn't as daunting as I thought it would be to come back up. I stopped to catch my breath a couple of times and was fine. You do need a hat and you do need plenty of water- probably smarter to go in Spring but hey. It was still good. Plenty of parking and the port-a-john was actually not smelly (apparently recently emptied!). There are other 'toilets' as well but no flushing facilities. A GREAT bonus was stopping at a roadside fruit and veg stall- oh my God, fantastic prices and delicious things: Whalley's Orchard, 36275 87th St E, Littlerock, CA 93543. Go after you finish the hike- not out of the way.


1 month ago

Hot! Trail is easy beautiful desert location but it got over a 100 degrees easy down at the bottom. Take lots of water!!


1 month ago

hiked it on saturday and it was a amazing workout and view.


1 month ago


2 months ago

hiking

Great experience, Trails are in relatively good shape. I recommend taking at least 3 liters of water due to the very hot climate, people there are friendly and help your every needs. Anyone trying to go here must go it's very fun ! and the view is amazing !


2 months ago

hiking

great day hike. Beautiful view once you get to the chair! dog friendly


2 months ago


2 months ago

nice hike, nice views not too dificult


2 months ago

great view at the end, easy to follow trail


2 months ago

hiking

awesome view at the end. great trail,easy to follow


2 months ago

hiking

Really gorgeous hike! After the first mile on the uphill fire access road, you hit the hiking trail that winds you around to the Devils Chair. There are some nice spots to have lunch once you get to the top before heading back. I did this hike with a group with hikers of all levels (no total beginners in our group) and everyone enjoyed themselves.


3 months ago

The trail was beautiful! It's a Sunday so there were several groups of hikers, all very friendly.


3 months ago


3 months ago

hiking

Great Hike!


3 months ago

hiking

Great Hike!!
Awesome view at the end
I really enjoyed the trail Definitely recommend it!


3 months ago

hiking

Awesome!


3 months ago

hiking

Did this trail in May 2016. it's relatively moderate but be advised first .9 of mile has elevation climb. no water in creek but still beautiful. There are switchbacks right before getting to Devils Chair. Nothing an experienced hiker can't do. Take a lunch and grab a bite at the top before making your way back. Good for a weekly hike that's not too long. I would not recommend this trail for first-time hikers.


3 months ago

hiking

Gorgeous views and clean, well-maintained trails. Parking was great and the drive to the trailhead was scenic as well. Great hike!