Devils Chair

Palmdale, California 93591

Devils Chair

Devils Chair Professional Review and Guide

"This memorable hike leads into the intriguing rock formations of the Devils Punchbowl at the northern foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Devils Punchbowl is another of California’s many striking rock formations. Lying at the northern foot of the San Gabriel Mountains along the San Andreas Rift Zone, this unusual, highly eroded sandstone-conglomerate-shale formation is especially interesting. The trail leads hikers to its best viewpoint, the Devils Chair, where the entire hellish landscape of the Punchbowl spreads out to the north, with the barrens of the Mojave Desert fading into the distance beyond. This hike can be taken as a leisurely overnighter. Backpackers will find good campsites in Holcomb Canyon next to the creek."

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"A moderate trek around one of the most unusual and breathtaking natural landmarks in the region, this route to the precarious perch of the Devils Chair gives you an unparalleled view of what happens to the ground near one of the world’s most active seismic zones."

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10/15/2011
Easy, scenic. Loved this hike. Trail in good condition and the view at Devil's Chair is amazing. Especially if you like geology and land formation. Went in the afternoon, so got shade almost whole way back.
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4/9/2011
A great 7.74 mile dog-friendly hike into a geological wonderland called Devil’s Punchbowl out to the Devil’s Chair, right on top of the San Andreas Fault. Located where the Mojave Desert meets the Angeles National Forest, the rock formations and landscape are amazing, and if you pick up the visitor’s guide at the visitor’s center or research it in advance, quite educational! (Date hiked: April 9, 2011.) Read the full write-up at: www.greeneadventures.com/2011/04/19/devils-chair-in-devils-punchbowl-straddling-the-san-andreas-fault/
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2/9/2009
the trail must have been improved because it was in great shape when we were there. very easy to follow even with some spots covered in snow. the rangers at the station are very helpful and will provide you with a great map and directions to the trailhead. the rocks are cool and the views of the mountians and the desert are beautiful.
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3/19/2006
Nice trail but only got about half way and then turned back because the trail was not passable. Sliding rock and debris made safe passage not possible. Still nice walk, even just half way. Park at turnout on right, before the campground, walk straight across creek and look for trail to your right.
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3/20/2005
Hard to find the trail from the campsite. Some of the trail has been washed away so if you come to what you think is a dead end, keep looking and you may pick up the trail again. Overall pretty good hike.
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Trail Information

Palmdale
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 2.5 hours
Duration
Best mid-September through May
Season
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,050 feet
Top Elevation
Angeles National Forest, Valyermo Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Valyermo
Local Maps