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Devils Chair Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 1,584 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Hiking

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

Currently closed due to railing maintenance. The Devil's Punchbowl is a point where 2 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!

Exit the Antelope Valley Freeway (14) at Pearblossom highway (138), and follow it to the town of Pearblossom where you will turn right (south) on Longview Road (County N6). Follow the signs to the park 7 miles ahead. Note that facing the nature center, the Burkhart trailhead is on the right side of the parking lot.

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Vero Pleitez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Jul 08 2020
Hiking

Great trail, park @ the Devil’s punchbowl parking lot. Then hike up about 3.6ish miles each way, about 8.5ish miles total. I recommend bringing plenty of water and use sunblock there is not much shade on this trail. Part of the trail is close for repair, overall a well maintained trail but not for beginners due to the high temperatures in the area. It’s a hot summer please keep that in mind when you go out hiking. Also please REMEMBER “Don’t trash the trails & Take only memories, leave only footprints”

John Homonnay
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Someone please post when repairs are done and the last 100 feet or so, are open. Thanks...

Jesus Huidobro
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Hiking

Great hike to do before the heat starts, the park is fun to explore as well. Great geological rock formations to admire.

Elliot Rodriguez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
HikingOff trailRocky

Great hike! some shade but mostly in the sun. recommended for people who are more active. sadly cane on a day that got up to 102 degrees by the afternoon. would do it again. note* the devils chair trail is open until the last 100 feet. you dont miss out on mich besides that last viewpoint.

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Stephen Lam
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Closed

Closed for probably about a month to fix some broken railings.

Kyle Bistline
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excellent trail. go early as the first .9 mile has no shade and straight up. Great views of valley. We started at about 845, and it was 58° at trailhead. Your vertical climb over the trail is almost 1,400 feet.

Nayeli Meza
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HikingBugs

Wow this hike hurt, but it’s probably my fault for getting here and starting it at 11am. There are some narrow spots so be careful. Make sure to bring bug spray, tons of mosquitos at this time. I really enjoyed this trail. Great views. Will probably come back and do this in the fall when it’s cooler :)

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Delia Vargas
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HikingRocky

Great trail highly recommended. Watch for snakes. Make sure to stay on the trail.

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Jake Rhodes
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HikingNo shade

Pretty good trail, lots of people on it this weekend for memorial day parking lot filled up by 9 o’clock and had to park on the side of the road. We didn’t see any rattlers but we heard one lots of lizards and other bugs so bring your bug spray. Not much shade on this one so make sure you bring a hat and a good amount of water. Not sure why this is rated as hard as it’s a pretty moderate level trail.

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Laura Guevara
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HikingRocky
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Nicole Acevedo
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Hiking

Did a late afternoon hike out here and man it's a pretty view with only a moderate climb involved. Glad to hear it is closed for railing maintenance, I definitely was kind of sweating it in a few places at the very end where the trail was really eroded and the fencing had fallen away. When it reopens, it's definitely a great truly moderate level hiking experience. Beware the heat (this isn't a particularly high elevation, is relatively exposed and has only one place you could filter water that likely dries up in summer).

Martha Cosgrove
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HikingNo shade

Good trail, little shade, to the devils chair national monument, but more importantly you get a glimpse of the San Andreas fault!

Emily Holshouser
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Hiking

This trail kicked my ass but it was beautiful! First and last part are the toughest - switchbacks leading to the chair and a really hot path leading to the main part of the trail. Bring water and I wouldn’t start this trail between 1-3 PM - it is HOT. Beware rattlesnakes! Saw one in the middle of the trail.

Lisa H
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HikingRocky

Trail is easy-moderate from a workout perspective but precarious given a few washed-out spots leaving room for only one foot. There is no room for messing around on this trail, I wouldn't advise bringing small children past the loop. These areas are few and far between however, and with attention paid to footing, and if done early enough in the day, this trail offers one-of-a-kind views. I took this one at a leisurely pace on the way out to take a ton of snaps. First mile out of the punchbowl is uphill at a very gradual incline—not hard, but I would imagine it would be hot in the summer if you go past noon; it's completely exposed. After that, the trail to the chair is a breeze, with tons of shady spots, and even a little creek, if you need a rest. The chair at the end is a little spooky but v safe, totally fenced in; due to COVID tho, I sanitized after touching the rails. The climb back out might be a little tough for a quarter-mile or so if you don't do a lot of hiking, but nothing too crazy. Not so steep that you need poles, but saw some folks with them. Everybody had masks (required in the parking lot and visitor's center) but not all wore them as they passed. I would encourage people to wear masks when they encounter other hikers, and to practice trail etiquette, letting others pass on the outside if there is room on the trail. That said, everyone was super friendly, lots of smiles, dogs, and great attitudes, and I only saw two pcs of litter on the trail. Deer were out near the visitor's center, and there are helpful rangers—and a clean bathroom—at the trailhead. Bottom line: OK workout with tons of shade compared to trails in LA, and gorgeous views courtesy of the San Andreas Fault.

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Kiko Aguirre
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Hiking

COVID-19 UPDATE: trails are now open throughout the Punchbowl park. MUST keep 6’ social distancing AND wear a mask when you come across others on the trail and parking lot. Saw lots of people without masks... this is not optional. If you come across others during your hike cover your faces people.

Remy Nevarez
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HikingBugs

Punchbowl is open for business. Just completed the chair. Fun hike path is clear bring water since it’s warming up

michael stafford
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HikingBugs

The trail is in great shape It is getting warmer so bring at least 2 liters of water. Also bring a mask so when you pass people on the trail you can cover up. Bugs were out in force.

Fawna Velci
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HikingBugsRocky

Trail is open and parking lot is open. Absolutely beautiful hike today. I would say it’s moderate, not hard. If you take kids maybe just do the loop, not the whole hike to the chair. There are some areas that are narrow and a little washed out. Put on some bug spray

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Rachel Derrico
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Hiking

Does anyone know if this is still currently closed due to COVID? It is not listed on the Angeles National Forest website as one of the closed trails but since it’s a 1.5 hour drive for me, I want to be sure. Thank you!!

Abigail Crispin
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Hiking

I love this hike—but just so everyone is aware, it is closed due to COVID-19

Anna Hagen
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Hiking

A lot of downed trees covering trail; still doable.

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yung kuo
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Hiking

It’s a beautiful hike! Great temperature

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Patrick Salas
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Hiking

Very pretty trail, first time I have ever seen snow capped mountains right next to a desert. It’s a bit steep but makes for good exercise

Josh G.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Mar 21 2020
Hiking

Great trail - the variety in topography and landscape is incredible. There is no snow on the trial currently. You have to cross a small stream but you don’t get wet. The trail is well marked and the payoff at the end is spectacular.

Karisa Peterson
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Hiking

Started at 9 am on a Wednesday and was the first person on the trail. Recommend getting out early on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowds. Had 5G (AT&T) on most of the trail. Trail was mostly shaded on the way to the chair since the sun hadn’t risen over the mountains. Decline to chair starts after mile 3 marker.

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Morgan Bishop
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HikingNo shade

Great hike to do while it’s still cooler out, as there isn’t much shade on the trail.

Michelle Lane
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Hiking

Beautiful day for a hike! Trail was nearly perfect—couple little muddy areas and a couple logs to deal with, but nothing serious.

Klaudia Alexandra
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hikes with a lot of shade and rewarding views. We were the only one on the trail, so it's very peaceful. When I saw the railings I was a little scared, but it was okay and views were amazing.

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