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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

dogs on leash

backpacking

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mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

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views

wild flowers

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rocky

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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!

hiking
7 days ago

great hike

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bugs
19 days ago

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1 month ago

If Devil’s Punchbowl loop is rated as moderate, then Devil’s Chair Trail should be hard. The 2.8 mile part of the trail from the junction has trail blocks of fallen trees, bugs buzzing all over your face and uphill then downhill areas. The views from the Devil’s Chair which actually an overlook are beautiful. And I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the trail traverses with Pacific Crest Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with a couple small waterfalls along the way. The end of the trail near the Chair is full of small rocks on a steep part of the trail, easy to slip and fall. Also lots of stairs (some broken or with metal pieces sticking out) right at the Chair. Overall a nice hike.

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bugs
1 month ago

Nice, jaunty trail. I left around 7:30 and it got sunny & warm, but not unbearable. Very groomed trail. Great views at the top. I would not do this hike again without a bug net. I was wearing Deet but the bugs were relentless. Shady picnic area at the end for a lunch break. Tons of early morning trail-runners if that's your thing.

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1 month ago

Wonderful trail! Did Devil’s Chair on 9/8/19, and conditions were just right. Sunny, but not too hot, with a breeze and some shade. Incline is gradual, not super steep. Some bugs along route, just some little flies and manageable. We were hoping for a water source for our dog but there wasn’t any, but still overall great hike! Spectacular views.

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bugs
1 month ago

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no shade
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Devils Punchbowl 1 mile hike - really enjoyable

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rocky
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great day on trail. Hiked the Punchbowl first then made my way up to the overlook. For some extra credit I hiked down to Holcomb Canyon for a littl rest at the creek before hiking out. my total hike turned out to be 10 miles. Go prepared with plenty of water or a water filter for the creeks.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day on trail. Hiked the Punchbowl first then made my way up to the overlook. For some extra credit I hiked down to Holcomb Canyon for a littl rest at the creek before hiking out. my total hike turned out to be 10 miles. Go prepared with plenty of water or a water filter for the creeks.

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bugs
3 months ago

I love this trail!! The view from the chair is breathtaking, also the punch bowl, that one is a 1 mile loop. At the start of the trial be prepared to go uphill for about a mile. The rest of the trail is up and down, the toughest part is getting to the chair and back up to the trail, not much shade either. I'm a local, about 20 minutes away, so I frequent this trail often. If going in the summer it's best to go in the afternoon, if going in the morning bring lots of water. The rest of the seasons are breathtaking and not so hard on the body like to rough summer sun. FYI: it's about an 8 mile hike round trip to the parking lot.

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

Pros: Beautiful views, nice air and smells of pine trees. Decent workout but most of the trail is fairly flat. Cons: very little shade -it got very hot. Tons of bugs out as well- flies and mosquitos.

hiking
3 months ago

definitely exposed. go early, bring water. amazing colors.

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no shade
4 months ago

USE CAUTION hiking this in the summer time. It is extremely hot in this part of California and this trail doesn't offer a lot of shade and it is a difficult trek. I got to the parking lot at 9 am on a Saturday and it was 1/2 full. First mile of the hike is uphill. Next couple miles are a nice mix until you descend to "Devil's Chair". Then you'll head back uphill the way you came (this is the hardest part of the hike) until it flattens out again. Whole trip for me was 8 miles. Bring a lot of water! It's a bit of a drive from Hollywood, so I will not be hiking this one again. I can see this being a nice hike if you're local and it's in the spring, fall or winter time.

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4 months ago

Love this hike - quick and easy evening hike after work. Few spots that are a little washed out and trees down.

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4 months ago

Trail is relatively flat except for the beginning and end, the views at the end are cool! Would also definitely recommend stepping off the trail near the end for better views of the mountains. Great hike!

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4 months ago

If you want to train for some longer and more challenging hikes, this is the park to do it in!!! It has something for every level and you can always venture off on the Burkhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls or head east tobthe South Fork Campground, both trails to challenge you.

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