Devils Chair Trail

Llano, California

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This is a magical yet secluded area of the Angeles National Forest. Chances are you and your dogs might be the only civilized life on the trail, even on weekends. The main reason for seclusion is that this is the backside of the forest, and coming from L.A., you have to travel pretty far around to reach it. Even from San Bernardino, this trip is out of the way. If there is water in the creek and people staying in the campgrounds, you can almost lay odds that they are fishermen and not hikers. Perhaps the greatest reason this is a seldom traveled route is that it is primarily a winter hike; situated at 4500 feet where the mighty Mojave Desert meets oak and pine means that this area can cook any time of year. Needless to say, coming here in summer and expecting free-flowing water and cool temps would be the very definition of insanity. Even in March, temperatures can be well above 80 degrees, so check the weather before setting out, and if it is hot, bring extra water for you and your dogs.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a magical yet secluded area of the Angeles National Forest. Chances are you and your dogs might be the only civilized life on the trail, even on weekends. The main reason for seclusion is that this is the backside of the forest, and coming from L.A., you have to travel pretty far around to reach it. Even from San Bernardino, this trip is out of the way. If there is water in the creek and people staying in the campgrounds, you can almost lay odds that they are fishermen and not hikers. Perhaps the greatest reason this is a seldom traveled route is that it is primarily a winter hike; situated at 4500 feet where the mighty Mojave Desert meets oak and pine means that this area can cook any time of year. Needless to say, coming here in summer and expecting free-flowing water and cool temps would be the very definition of insanity. Even in March, temperatures can be well above 80 degrees, so check the weather before setting out, and if it is hot, bring extra water for you and your dogs.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Llano
Length: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Devils Punchbowl Natural Area
Local Maps: USGS Valerymo
Topo Map: Devils Chair Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

3/23/2009

Moderate hike, steady elevation gain. Wouldnt recommend bringing children on this one, path gets narrow at times and spots get strenuous. If comming from Devils Punchbowl dont stop when you get to the HUGE round rock, some people get confused and stop there. Keep goin another 10 mins, well worth it. Scenery-Gorgeous! Hard to believe that there is something this beautiful in SoCal. Start early, trail gets crowded later in the day. Bring water and a camera, ENJOY!

4/22/2007

This is an excellent training hike for new hikers, or individuals that like moderately strenuous hikes. Take the appropriate layered clothing because the train can change in temperature by 10 degrees even in the summer. The hike starts out crossing the South Fork Creek and the then the dirt trail takes you up to a saddle. The saddle has a shade tree where you can catch your breath, drink water and view where you came from and where you are headed. From here the trail has a couple of errosion spots so don't get careless. After a short walk on the narrow trail there are some switchbacks that take you down into a canyon with a stream. Once near the bottom the trail is lined with dozens of trees (ah shade). After a short hike going up from the stream you will hit another set of switchbacks. This part of the trail is hard-packed sand. So keep your feet flat on the trail. After the switchbacks you will come to a T intersection. The Devil's Chair is to your right. Hikers coming from the Devil's Punchbowl Park will be coming from the left. Continue on the trail to the chair. Enjoy the view. I have done this hike early morning, mid day and late at night. Make sure you bring enough water, especially in summer. This trail is mostly in the sun. Love this hike.

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