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Awesome hike. My wife and I really enjoyed it. Took our time to let the scenery sink in. There was a little snow on the trail from last week’s rain, but it was all worth it.
Started at 0930 got back to parking lot at 1430.

Great hike, beautiful views, very clean trail but some sketchy path areas but easy to get through, not may people along the way either. Some challenging inclines if you’re not used to them. Seen lots of hikers with poles to help with that. We started off at 10:30 am and got back around 2:30.

Great hike mostly covered. Started at 6am and saw only 1 person on the way. On the way back I passed quite a few people. Go early and enjoy the peace and quiet. Wonderful view at the top.

on Devils Chair Trail

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1 month ago

Started this hike first thing in the morning with my two dogs. The first mile is a straight incline so is the first 8/10th of a mile leaving the chair. Great view. Make sure you bring water.

I started from Colby, then went to the helipad and made my way along. What I like about this trail is that you can take the fire road, or a light trial to the sides. You can also head north on many of the ridges and explore some of them, getting a good view of the canyon.

At the end you are met with “attack dog” signs, so I doubled back. But as I didn’t have enough food, water or time to go all the way back, I decided to forge my own path down. Not Garcia, but a ridge more west. I ended up in a fancy community, and got a few concerned looks from locals as I wandered out of the water channels.

Fun trip though, easily recommend.

The elevation climb on the way back from the cross is the most work you’ll do on this hike. Don’t think children under 5 years old would like this fire road trail? Not much to explore and a bit more work in my opinion for the lil ones in terms of an “easy” hike. Wondering if people follow the Garcia trail down to the a? Since the fire??? Please comment if so.. nice cardio walk..
(Hike is about 8 miles round trip)

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1 month ago

I hiked this trail on Tuesday, October 16th. The weather was in the lower 60s which was perfect hiking weather. The trail is beautiful with a nice mixture of open exposed areas with great views of Devil’s Punchbowl, narrow one-track foot paths through the shaded forest and then the finale, the walk out to the ledge of the Devil’s Chair itself. Killer views of the Punchbowl and the desert beyond. Hiking midweek I only saw 3 other hikers the entire hike. Finally, since I hiked in relatively mild weather this hike was not that strenuous (probably the easier end of the Moderate range). I will definitely be back!

More easy than moderate, the pathway is narrow for single file hiking, but the hike itself is fairly easy. No strenuous up or down hill parts, minus the very end that is slightly downhill.

Beautiful views, and if you go early in the morning and hike quietly, you might see a wild bighorn sheep :)

I hiked this solo last spring three different times. I included the 1 mile loop prior to going to the chair. It was fun and not too taxing but was great for the up and down of elevation. Good training hikes before hiking the Grand Canyon.

It’s a very cool hike,
I could see how the first mile is hard in the heat, uphill and no shade. But today was mild.
After the uphill in the beginning, it was easy and shaded most of the way.
There is another drastic elevation change as you near the devils chair, downhill., I would say about .5 mile. Coming back up is a bit challenging.
I will do it again.

We did this hike in February 2018. Nice out and back trail. It was my first hike after about four months of being a couch potato and it took us about four hours. Great view of the Antelope Valley and the rocks, although I'm still not sure which rock formations was the devil's chair.

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5 months ago

Great trail! Geological features are amazing. Get there early!! I got there around 8am and it was already nearly 90F. The first mile of the trail has zero shade and I almost turned around bc I started to feel the first effects of heat exhaustion. I took a break in the shade (which magically appears after that first mile) and went the rest of the way. Bring LOTS of water. I went through almost 3 liters. Some areas of the trail are very narrow and sandy so I wouldn’t suggest it for small kids. Horseflies are kinda bad so bug repellent might be a good idea too! A true hidden gem though!

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5 months ago

Not too far from Palmdale. No charge for parking or trail access.

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5 months ago

Overall enjoyed the trail. As others have said, if you're not used to the heat, try to avoid summer or midday. We started on the trail around 8am and finished by maybe 11am? Drank 2L of water.

The beginning is uphill and sandy, which was tougher than I expected. Also, you'll hike down to the Chair and coming back up sucks a little bit. Besides that there's not a ton of climb.

Overall, I'd call this a moderate trail and good for anyone who's in decent shape for a day hike!

This was a great moderate hike. It was just the right amount of rigor for me and my wife. We hike and workout four to five times a week. It was a good workout , but not so difficult that we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful scenery. The rock formations were amazing and the plants and trees were so varied, interesting, and beautiful. What I look for on a hike is beautiful scenery and great photo ops. This trail definitely has those.

Beautiful hike plenty of shade too...

I went mountain biking on the devils chair trail and ended up in antelope valley hospital because of that I am taking away one star. it is not really a mountain biking type of trail.

best hike I ever went on in my life

06/12/18 Started @ 5:08pm and finished by 8:15pm this was including water breaks and a 15 minute break @ the chair. Avoided the hot sun. The hardest part is the mile getting to the trail head, after that it is pretty easy. Bring atleast 1.5 liters per person or 4 16 oz. water bottles.

fantastic views. Well marked. Free parking. it is VERY hot right now, I would consider getting here right as the sun comes up, maybe 6am? we got here before 8am and finished before noon but it got too hot too fast. Watch where you step because there are rattlesnakes, we saw one infact. also be sure to check out the awesome little visitors center, it has live animals from the area!

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6 months ago

I really, really loved this hike. Kind of wound up there by accident, but it's very easy to find this park on a map. The trailhead is labeled "Burkhart Trail" and is located right behind the port-o-potty that is currently in the parking lot (all the way into the lot and to the right). There is also a station where they can provide you with pre-highlighted trail maps. Make sure to sign in at the trail register located inside the metal "box" right at the trailhead!
It's a beautiful UP UP UP for close to a mile, until you meet up with the PCT! That was a pleasant surprise. From there the trail is mostly pretty mild, until you're approaching the Devil's Chair. It was a warm day, which may have made it a bit more difficult than a milder day. Devil's Chair is a TRIP. I am afraid of heights, so it took me a minute to get the courage to stand up, but I did it. There are some spots where the trail is mostly washed out, and one spot where there was a little rockslide where the trail was gone entirely, but only for one step and hopefully will be shored up soon.

The trek back to the main trail is pretty brutal in the midday sun, so try to start this trail early or hike it in cooler weather. That's my best recommendation. Bring a couple liters of water, more if it's going to be a warm day. I onl encountered a few small groups on my way out, and several more on the way back. There was a small group of people doing court-ordered trail cleanup, and they were all really fun to talk with. Please keep your dogs on a leash!! It's not only for other hikers' safety, but for your dog's also. Snakes, slippery conditions mixed with steep drop-offs...just do the right thing. On all trails, not just this one.

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6 months ago

its was a breathe taking hike but such great views of the scenery. would defenaly be going back but a bit earlier then 1pm.

I hike about 2x a month and do big hikes such as this one about 1x every other month. I was able to finish the hike in 3.5 hours including water breaks, and pictures when we reached the end. It is a moderate hike. It starts of steep and levels out and becomes steep on the way back and levels out again.

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6 months ago

This hike was better than expected! The first 3/4 mile is a gradual ascent and the trail heads into a forest. There are mileage signs every half mile for the entire trail. The views are magnificent the entire way as well. This place is alive with wildlife. I noticed wildlife scat and tracks in many areas. As a huge bonus, the flannel bush (Fremontia) were in full bloom with their bright yellow flowers throughout the entire trail. The ranger told me the blooms usually last 2-3 weeks. The trail is up and down for the entire 3.7 miles After arriving at Devil's Chair, there is a decent ascent back up to the trail so save some water.

TIP - Unless you like the heat, try to get here early or go on a cool day.

Great scenic route, good exercise. Not for those who have arthritis and scared of heights. Views are amazing.

I would give it 5 Stars if it were not for the four jerkoffs that decided to make the devil's chair their own personal picnic area for 20 minutes. People ruin everything. Will stick to more remote trails from now on!

Ok walk if you want to get in a bit of elevation gain and a few miles. Views from the devils chair are good

Beautiful views!!! Great hike traversing different scenery. I loved the little ranger station! Make sure you go inside and look around.

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7 months ago

Very nice hike, Im not very active and was able to complete it with out too much difficulty. I went with some friends and started in the morning around 9 am and we finished around 3pm. Great views and well maintained trails. Parking lot fills quick so get there early. Hardest part is probably coming back out of the Devils chair portion quite the butt kicker if you are a couch jockey like me. Bring lots of water and sunscreen.

Beautiful view

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