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Devils Chair Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,584 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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!

1 day ago

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.

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bugs
2 days ago

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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rocky
2 days ago

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

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no shade
2 days ago

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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rocky
3 days ago

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no shade
4 days ago

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

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4 days ago

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.

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rocky
5 days ago

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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7 days ago

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.

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bugs
9 days ago

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

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bugs
10 days ago

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.

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rocky
12 days ago

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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22 days ago

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!!

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1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

A lot of downed trees covering trail; still doable.

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2 months ago

It’s a beautiful hike! Great temperature

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

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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no shade
2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

Really nice trail. Parking is easy, although will fill up. There is a station w restrooms. Starts w little shade as you head up hill for a while, once there the hike is really quite flat with beautiful views. The trail is really well maintained: as you head down to the chair, there are railings which are firmly in place. Views are wonderful.

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muddy
3 months ago

Trail was moderate, there are a few trees down on the path, hardest part is the half mile back up the hill from the chair. Early start is good when there is less people on a Sunday, took less than 4 hours at about a 27 minute a mile pace, beautiful views, one water stream you walk across, still some ice and Mudd is certain spots. Dog friendly and kid friendly, and I had cell service the entire time with Verizon

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