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Terrific challenge really pushed myself starting at 6:25, made the summit 7:55am
Breathtakingly views!

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Fun, but hard! Don’t under estimate. From the peak you can see from the Mojave to the pacific. We could also see Catalina island, and even past Catalina island - to San Clemente island. STUNNING!

It’s a beautiful walk

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful and relatively easy hike! Safe to hike by yourself, but I still tried to walk with a couple on the trail since there was a lot of bear poop along the trail! Didn’t see any bears or mountain lions, but only spectacular Mountain View’s. Super fun hike and well worth it! I did the trip in about 3 hours round trip. I took my time at the top and even explore the inside of the mine. Highly recommend.

Great hike mostly covered. Started at 6am and saw only 1 person on the way. On the way back I passed quite a few people. Go early and enjoy the peace and quiet. Wonderful view at the top.

hiking
10 days ago

Super cool! Mine was closed when we got there, but the entire view was amazing.

Such a cool piece of history.

on Devils Chair Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Started this hike first thing in the morning with my two dogs. The first mile is a straight incline so is the first 8/10th of a mile leaving the chair. Great view. Make sure you bring water.

Not too strenuous hike, slightly rocky terrain but doable in tennis shoes. Gorgeous fall leaves in late October. Next time bringing hiking shoes and camera!

The mines are what makes this trail worth it

hiking
22 days ago

Yesterday was a beautiful day on this mountain! We parked in one of the turnoffs; there was only 1 other car when we started around 11:30am. Then, we started on the fire road (through the closed yellow gate) and followed the sign for Little Jimmy Campground to get on the trail. Fairly easy most of the way. The last .8 miles was the hardest part but very doable. I loved the views! We could see LA and Catalina Island through the clouds. The rock building at the top used to be a fire lookout station. Our final mileage was 6.6. Took us 3.5 hours out and back.

hiking
23 days ago

I recently moved back to California and needed to re-introduced myself to elevation hiking. This was my first hike in 7 years! The hike was amazing! The beginning and the end of the hike was a lot of elevation gain. There were many people on the trail but still worth the hike. The view from the top was amazing. On one side of the mountain one can see the LA basin and on the other side, the high desert. The only downside of this hike was using the outhouse at Little Jimmy Campground. The camp must have been full during the weekend because the outhouse was RIPE.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a rather easy hike, but was very beautiful! It took me about an hour and a half there and back but I spent a while at the mine. I didn’t go inside but sat there and enjoyed the view. I also took my 40lb bully and he was fine the whole way. Didn’t seem tired at any point through the hike. They do charge for parking so make sure to buy a pass. I made the mistake of not buying a pass and received a ticket, however the fee was only what the pass would’ve cost ($5).

Excellent hiking day

Nice trip overall

hiking
24 days ago

I hiked this trail on Tuesday, October 16th. The weather was in the lower 60s which was perfect hiking weather. The trail is beautiful with a nice mixture of open exposed areas with great views of Devil’s Punchbowl, narrow one-track foot paths through the shaded forest and then the finale, the walk out to the ledge of the Devil’s Chair itself. Killer views of the Punchbowl and the desert beyond. Hiking midweek I only saw 3 other hikers the entire hike. Finally, since I hiked in relatively mild weather this hike was not that strenuous (probably the easier end of the Moderate range). I will definitely be back!

More easy than moderate, the pathway is narrow for single file hiking, but the hike itself is fairly easy. No strenuous up or down hill parts, minus the very end that is slightly downhill.

Beautiful views, and if you go early in the morning and hike quietly, you might see a wild bighorn sheep :)

We did this hike in mid-August along with our friend who was prepping for her trek on the JMT. The hike is well maintained, mostly shaded, and meanders up the mountain with a series of switchbacks. I prefer switchbacks to a straight stair-climb up a slope, so I appreciated the winding nature.
Only annoying part is the peak- little shade and LOTS of fitness group meetups that had music blasting and were having push-up competitions on the summit monument. Oh, and the drone guy. Not everyone wants to hear your whirring drone and be in your videos. Enjoy nature, please, and let the others around you enjoy it too!

Overall: nice and slow pace with lots of shade! No water and only pit toilets so bring plenty to drink.

The directions to the trail are a little confusing. The trail starts across from the parking lot and do not take any of the roads that lead away as indicated per gps. The Pacific crest Trail marker is there and that’s where you start the trail. It leads you to a service road. We took the service road to the left at it it’s a really beautiful trail however are you doing most of your uphill battle on the way out when you’re fatigued. We are going to try it next week and will start from the right.

Awesome hike. Really great for beginners who want to challenge themselves, and/or good for seasonal hikers who want a semi moderate hike to get back into shape for the winter season. Moderate incline at the beginning and end of the hike. Took me about two hours with one rest break at the top of the mountain. Mostly shades until you get towards the top.

Great view from the top. This trail was a good challenge!

It’s very awesome when you reach the top

Strenuous up hill. So many switchbacks I wanted to quit. 4 hours in we made it to the top! Most satisfying hike I’ve ever done though! The view makes it all worth it!

Great short hike. Def recommend for beginners and to prep for Big Horn Mine. Careful, there was a snake chilling on the back end of the cabin.

This is a trail I wish the made even steeper just to save a mile or two it’s just what seems to be an endless amount of switchbacks

it was a great challenge

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail with a friend. It is definitely a workout. The switch backs make it possible. Bring water and snacks you will need them to refuel. Trail is well shaded. Excellent views ftom the peak. Will definitely do it again.

home to the mine is beautiful, however it's what lies within the mine that is truly amazing, I spent about 2 hours inside the mine checking every end of every outcrop, VERY DARK, VERY DAMP, VERY SPOOKY, however with the proper lighting it isn't too bad, would definitely recommend scouting out the inside if youre up for it!

I will admit I consider myself to be a regular hiker, but this trail tested my limits, best advice would be keep your momentum, last weekend was my first time taking this trail, I did not expect it to be that challenging. However, the view is unrivaled. I set out at 5:55 am, took a few short breaks as well as a 10-15 min stop to watch the sunrise, made it to the summit at 7:50. enjoyed the view for about an hour and was back at my car by about 10:30. 10/10 would recommend!

I do this hike on a regular basis, and have heard that it’s being used as a paintball battlefield! This has happened in just the last week or two since I was down last. I am learning a lot of new stuff as a 5 year veteran of the Volenteers of the Angeles National forest. But this hurts. It just hurts. I’m from the San Bernardino National forest originally, and have seen the abuses there too. Why? What do you get out of it? I have friends on the other side that used to have a great paintball field. But I guess the abuses drove them out of the business. I just don’t get some people ... rant over.
Oh, and watch out for bears

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