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Fantastic hike that parallels the PCT and follows a paved road. Easy accessible from town, this hike is perfect for any age group. The road is mostly flat and offers great views of the surrounding mountains and desert. There is a minor accent just before you reach Jackson Flat campground, but it is not very strenuous. The fire tower at the top of the campground is definitely worth a visit and an ideal place to have lunch. Overall one of my favorite hikes, particularly at night for stargazing with friends. Just make sure you have your adventure pass when you park your vehicle and your good to go.

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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10 days 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

Trail conditions are pretty good to Etiwanda Peak. The last section from the main trail to the peak is a little steep and loose, but not too difficult and it is only about 1/8 mile long. The trail is exposed with little shade and can get hot. Make sure you are prepared with enough water and that your fitness matches the difficulty of the hike.

Beautiful hike but you will do a lot of walking. The elevation can kick your butt so bring water and comfy shoes.

Some areas are shaded.

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24 days ago

I loved this hike! the views were a lot nicer than I expected, being so close to Palmdale I thought I will see mostly desert. I hiked on 4/28 the weather was perfect! I had a little trouble finding the right trail, down at the bottom are so many different trails that I wandered around for a bit, but I managed and went all the way to the devil's chair. I can't wait to do it again!

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1 month ago

This was a great hike! Nice view and a great workout.

Beautiful trail in the same time it’s a kick ass trail

Nice easy hike. Parked at Inspiration Point and hiked to Grassy Hallow and back.

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1 month ago

I did this hike in early April and the weather was absolutely perfect. Started at 8:15am, ended around 12:45pm going at a moderate pace (average mile was 26 min). Started getting a bit warm by then so start early. Prepare for 7+ miles with the first mile climbing steadily. Descending and coming out of the punch bowl is a tough climb but definitely a good kind of burn. At least two liters of water is recommended and trekking poles.

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2 months ago

Well worth the hike. I enjoyed the adventure to the devil’s chair more than the chair itself though. Lots of amazing scenery to take in

Definitely not the easiest for a first time hiker but so worth it!

Good section, plenty of shade, very enjoyable trail. will do again as section D this spring.

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3 months ago

Really beautiful views and a fairly easy trail for the most part. The first mile there and the first mile back are the toughest. The first mile there is a steady incline and then the first mile back has some very steep portions as well. The trek through the forest is beautiful and the final views of all the crazy rock patterns and formations are worth the journey.

My small terrier loved the hike, and only needed a few short water breaks. I needed a few breaks on the way up the aforementioned inclines, but just going slow and steady seemed to do the trick most of the time. Took us about 4 hrs to go out and back.

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3 months ago

Geologically, the two miles nearest to Devil’s Chair are impressive: white, green, and red rocks, plenty of outcropping to see, and an impressive view atop the “chair” itself. Parking lot was pretty full but we arrived around noon, when morning hikers were leaving. No parking pass or fees required.
The hike is mostly well-maintained and up to to car width, with a few narrow spots amid scree, and a few spots at the last 100 yards near the destination where one should watch their step.
Impressive views, a little bit of shade during mid-day. I’m sure this would be miserable in the Summer. Today was windy, in 70s, and pleasant. Incline is very easy and infrequent. Good hike for kids who can manage the distance. The views and formations make this worthwhile, otherwise it’s a quite mild hike (therefore three stars).

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3 months ago

There is virtually no trail. It is overgrown with chaparral and large brush. Make sure to wear long pants. Interesting at the top and some nice views. I just had to bag this peak. Also, I got jabbed by a Spanish Dagger in my foot through my hiking shoe. Ouch!

Just walking on hard dirt for a long time. Nice view at the end, but not worth the time. Better off exploring freestyle around this place.

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3 months ago

We did this on Jan. 27, 2018. The temp at South Fork Campground was in the '50s and Vincent Gap was in the '40s (with a wind chill in the '30s). We only saw one other group on the trail during the entire hike (there were plenty of folks at the Vincent Gap parking lot, though). There were some patches of snow about 1 mile from the gap and there were a couple spots with erosion throughout. Other than that, the trail was in good condition. I imagine there would be more snow during a wetter year. The views are varied and there is plenty of shade. This is an underrated hike.

Nice, challengingly hike with beautiful views of the mountains and desert. Hardly any trash or graffiti and not heavily trafficked. Enjoyed this hike very much!

Beautiful hike with amazing views!

Very cool and easy hike. A sign right at the trailhead would make sense to me, instead of putting it 200 yards up the trail where you can’t see it.

Very easy, pleasant hike. Weather was great.

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4 months ago

Awesome trails and views. Loved the history of the earthquake vaults and to see the landscape change on our hike. Beautiful day

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5 months ago

Beautiful.

Hiked Thanksgiving weekend 2017, beautiful weather, very well maintained, and heavily hiked. Great views of the AV to the west, quiet and shaded most of the trail. One of my favorites.

on Devils Chair Trail

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5 months ago

I would give this 5 stars compared to neighboring trails.

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5 months ago

The extra 1 mi. loop in the beginning is beautiful & a great warm up for the rest of the hike. Be sure to bring electrolyte chews/salt tabs if you're sensitive to elevation. At least 3L of water, snacks and lunch are recommended.

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6 months ago

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