South Fork Road to to Devil's Chair

MODERATE 5 reviews
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South Fork Road to to Devil's Chair is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1581 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

views

Scenic out and back with a nice river crossing about half way out to cool off. They don't put devil in the name around here for nothing! The view from Devil's Chair is great, some very unique geology!

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

When I goto Devil's Chair, I usually take the popular route which begins at Devil's Punchbowl (the Devil's Chair Trail). The South Fork route is completely different from that. It's a "rollercoaster hike" (multiple ups and downs vs steady incline/decline) and offers different scenery. I think the Devil's Chair Trail might be my favorite, but the South Fork route is a nice alternative. The campground is really cool, too.

Note: I recommend the shorter version of this trail, which is two miles less. It begins at the South Fork Campground and saves you from walking up the dirt road to the camp.

6 months ago

Saturday, November 19, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Beautiful hike if you like desertscape. Some very interesting rock formations and a couple creeks to cool off in. Bring water and a hat as it's usually pretty warm and there isn't a ton of shade.