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hiking
muddy
2 days ago

on Devils Chair Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike. Not too hard. Excellent view and lots of wildlife includingvmule deer, numerous bighorn sheep and lots of mountain lion sign.

backpacking
snow
3 days ago

I definitely gave this a go way too early in the season (March 16 on a heavy snow year). Wasn’t sure what the snow conditions would be and how quick melt off would have occurred. This was way too snowy still for the kind of backpacking I like to do. Hit the 5 mile mark going clockwise on the trail and ended up stopping because I spent the last 2 miles postholing and didn’t see it getting any better. I’ll have to go back in the summer and finish this... Pretty exciting trail from what I could tell.

Overall, a very relaxing and scenic hike. There’s a few narrow parts on your way up, so watch your footing, especially during winter months. Once we got to the line itself we climbed up it on the wood beams, do that with some caution. Definitely a hike that’s doable for all ages and experience levels.

hiking
washed out
4 days ago

I just hiked this trail on 11 March 2019. About 30 minutes into the hike, I came across a part of the trail where I had to cross a small stream. Right on the other side of the stream is a large fallen tree, which has fallen right across the trail. I was informed by a ranger that this is newly fallen as of this week. I was able to climb under the tree and continue on the trail. The entire out and back took a little over three hours for me and I did not pass a single other hiker. Gorgeous views throughout, and definitely plan to spend a little time taking in the 360 views at the chair!

Impossible currently due to recent snow. We tried to start up the trail and lost the trail under the snow after less than a mile probably and decided it was too unsafe to continue. My friend and I were going to walk down the S2 (currently closed) to the Dawson Saddle entrance, but it would have been 4 miles on unplowed road and decided it was also unsafe. I'm learning the hard way to follow signs and suggestions for seasonal times to visit. Perhaps I'll try again in April/May.

Road is closed just past the entrance. only hiked about 1.6 miles in and lost the trail as there were no marks or footprints. lots of mountain lion prints and decided that it was unsafe to continue. Dawson saddle entrance inaccessible.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
15 days ago

DO NOT ATTEMPT WITH SNOW. There is are 4 crossovers through landslides with ice, snow, and VERY STEEP. There is a very very narrow path leading to the first mine and another one after the first mine. I was basically hugging the side of the mountain, about to fall off the cliff !!!!
DEF Not recommended for kids in the now. DANGEROUS RIGHT NOW I couldn't make it to the mine, it became to dangerous. My husky made it over the last obstacle, but ii was impossible

Have completed this hike in the summer and fall and this is one of my favorite hikes :)

hiking
17 days ago

a little more difficult with the snow and rain, be sure to wear boots. there's a washed out section you have to cross towards the top (unless we went the complete wrong way.)

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

Good trail I went when it was a little rainy and windy that was a mistake but other than that great time!!

hiking
washed out
18 days ago

hiking
bugs
washed out
18 days ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
21 days ago

definitely a great trail to take your dog on kinda challenging, but not to bad.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
22 days ago

Hiked this trail on February 26, 2019. Start time at 1110 hours, reached the Devil's chair at 1336 hours, and completed the trail all together at 1503 hours. The temperature at the beginning of the trail was 58 degrees, with a slight wind, and a bit of overcast.
The best I can do to describe this trail, is to simply say that Mt. Baldy and Cucamonga Peak must have gotten busy and reproduced the Devil's Chair Trail in a compact size of the two. Plenty of switchbacks, steepness, down slopes and hurdles. Today's condition and or season made this trail a little complex with savage wind gusts, mud, and slush everywhere; waterproof shoes are a must! The mud and slush were very unforgiving on the up and down, which my toes and knees felt every bit of it. I was very thankful to have had my hiking poles, no doubt that would have been worse without them. This moderate trail surprisingly had great scenic views, well worth the trek.
In short, this is a popular trail...(somewhat of a "lover's lane" thing going on???), I was never alone until the last mile, people there were so friendly. The initial 1 mile scenic loop is heavily used and people have cut through in between switchback and have made new trails of their own, (a little confusing for me). There are bees....in numbers, that was almost a deal breaker for me! The earth absolutely moves on this trail. I witnessed several tennis ball sized rocks come crashing down, from above, on different sections of the trail. I also saw very small rock slides, but none-the-less, the sound of it gets your attention. Lastly, if you don't snap photos, you can easily take 45 minutes off my turtle speed. Definitely a must do trail!!!!!

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
washed out
23 days ago

We did this hike with snowshoes. Perfect day with beautiful views. A combination of the PCT and service roads.

Starts off with a small steady climb. On the 4th mile (3hours to reach) it became very steep. There are many small peaks you must get over before reaching iron mountain peak. Those small peaks become more and more difficult as you progress. The hardest part is the last mile. We went in Feb. 2019. There was three feet of snow at top and a foot to hike through on our last mile.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
25 days ago

Snow, mud, yuccas... This peak was a pain in the ass, literally.

Snow is pretty rare in this part of the range, so my experience wasn't typical. But the yuccas and poodle brush are there all year round, and boy are they a nuisance. The views are worth the punishment, though. Just make sure wear pants and a long sleeve shirt. I would also bring a machete if you have one. I would only recommend this hike to folks like myself and Rick below who "have" to bag peaks. This is not for the casual hiker.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

on Devils Chair Trail

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great trail. It was especially awesome cuz it started snowing while we were hiking.

It was a beautiful day to hike. The trail was in good shape the entire way. I saw no washed out areas on the trail. We saw six deer along the trail. We also ran into two Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies. They were very friendly and told us that it is their jobs to hike all the trails in L.A. County. They were wearing heavy packs and it was easy to see that they were carrying all kinds of equipment to help hikers if they were to need help. The hike is well worth the effort. It was not an easy hike for me and I hike every week.

This is a favorite one for me to do throughout the year - dog friendly, you see lots of people taking their kids, families, etc. I typically bring a trash bag to pick up trash, it’s heavily trafficked so early mornings or weekdays are best to avoid the crowds. Being a headlamp if you plan on going in the mine!

hiking
1 month ago

I had a big group with me last week on the 20th, the only two spots on the trail that were washed out (based on trail notes from previous hikers) but it was an otherwise beautiful day for a hike! Some wash out right up by the chair, so watch out when up there

Did this trail 1-27-19 and only made it to the Baden-Powell summit. I had microspikes and my pup. Most people had crampons, much better idea with how buried the trail is from all the snow. Probably could have gone all the way but the group I was with turned around and I didn’t feel safe alone. The view from Baden-Powell was worth it though. Awesome day on trail!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Hiked up solo to the top today, the weather turned out to be perfect, a little cloudy, slight wind and parking lot temp was 51 at 11:30am.
The trail was interesting, the switch backs from the start were a mix of mud, slush and ice; not bad, a little wet and slippery but quick & easy to follow, then about halfway up the snow build up increased on the trail and wasn't quite hard enough for quick hiking, it was slippery and about every third step you would post hole (knee deep +) unless you followed someones previous deep step which makes slow progress, the trail was also hard to follow (not much traffic) at about 2/3 up decided to put the crampons on and just go straight up which was the best. The snow was hard enough to stay on top with excellent grip with crampons and was much easier and quicker than trying to hike with shoes and trying to stay on the switch backs. Made it to the top in about 2:00 hrs.
The top was hard icy snow.

I'm glad I brought my glacier axe and crampons, it made it much more enjoyable and pretty much turned it into an easy bunny hill climb; the axe was just used as a walking cane/support. I wouldn't suggest going up without them right now with current conditions, the risk of sliding in the last 1/3rd of switchbacks was possible; I noticed several butt slides and could see the possible danger of sliding between switchbacks. The last bit to the top (1/4mi) was fairly easy (crampons), it's looks quite exposed but the ridge up was stable, well defined and felt safer than navigating the last third of switchbacks, hence the crampons. The temp at the top was comfortable, little wind.

hiking
1 month ago

Cool little hike. Watch out for the slippery ice pans when going around the winter time. All around a great hike and even better views.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Absolutely had every intention of summating to peak but the winds were SO intense and with a mile to go the coldness set in and the trail disappeared- we turned around. 1/21/19

Beautiful trail. Fairly easy to find but I accidentally took a private road coming back. Easy parking, clean bathrooms, great views!

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