Devils Chair Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 2 trails in Devils Punchbowf Park
Devils Chair Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.1 miles 1935 feet Out & Back
dog friendly birding hiking nature trips walking views wild flowers
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Trail starts at Devils Punchbowl County Park. Take the burkhart trail south of the lot. You will do the bulk of the climbing in the first mile a portion of which is on a dirt road. At the 1 mile mark the trail becomes a nice single track and the views begin to improve.You will cross a couple small creeks, (you won't get wet) The trail stays pretty flat until about the 3 mile mark. it then descends to the devils chair. There are nice views of the Mojave Desert. The chair is interesting if not a bit anticlimactic (there are better views at other spots along the trail) but a nice photo op. & miles a really nice moderate hike.

MONICA D
11 days ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Great Hike!

Don Victor
4 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike near the AV!

Ashley Fredrickson
5 months ago

9 Completed2 Reviews

views are gorgeous. wouldn't call the trail easy as the hike back from the chair is steep and rather difficult. hike is is also an incline. once it evens out, it's very enjoyable. not too crowded and we went at 10. make sure to bring water and snacks!

richard boess
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. Steady climb for first mile then evens out. Beautiful views along the way. Didn't expect the up and down towards the end but definitely worth it!

Jason Ethridge
11 months ago

24 Completed20 Reviews

Most of the hike is easy, with the first leg, going up the fire road being moderate, and the climb back up from Devil's Chair being difficult. The scenery is pretty cool, but keep your eyes on the trail; it is narrow in sections and there are some areas that are washed out. Shade is pretty abundant once you get off the fire road, but the heat can get rough; you're not very high in the mountains, so desert temps are common. I usually this hike twice a year; spring and fall; summer is too hot here and this trail would be treacherous with snow on it.

Steven Balta
1 year ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

It starts off a little rough imo but as soon as you hit your first sign that leads you to the chair its amazing great views, great easy long hike! Took me and my mother about 5 hours with a nice picnic at the end ! Make sure you bring water it can get pretty hot.

Josh McClain
2 years ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Hiked around the devils punch bowl it was amazing

Nicholas Burtch
2 years ago

16 Completed16 Reviews

The hike was fun and my dog had a blast. The views of the fault rock formations are amazing and breathtaking. What makes this place so cool is that it's a county park and the whole thing is free. They have a nice bird cage with some owls and a few hawks in it as well as a Interpretive center for the young kids. If the Chair is not on yer list you can literally just wonder around and not get lost. The creek was cool and we saw some free climbers too. Have been there quite a few times and would definitely go back. They also have guided night hikes, really cool spot.

Carlos Abrille
2 years ago

1117 Completed427 Reviews

The Devils Chair Trail is awesome, a bit sketchy after the green Water Tank, after that it's crystal clear where to go. Best to pickup a free copy of the map trail just in case. Prepare for a seven mile hike or five hours minimum. This trail specially you'll want to bring a lot of water.

Christina Quiroz
3 years ago

55 Completed26 Reviews

Very first trail that i went on with my dearest friend. Has great views and will definitely do again. Highly recommend. Take your time to take in the scenery. First part is streneous but remainder of trail is fairly easy.

Jason Tattershall
3 years ago

5 Completed4 Reviews

Started from South Fork Campground. I lost the trail a couple of times in the dry creek bed, stay right through both creeks and the trail is pretty easy to spot. Other than that the trail is obvious and easy to follow. There are a couple of spots where the hill is trying to reclaim the trail with runoff/rockslides, but its not bad. Overall, a nice, scenic and fairly easy hike with awesome views from the Devil's Chair.

Jorge Prieto
3 years ago

78 Completed7 Reviews

This is one of my closest trails so I do it several times a year during different seasons. The first part of the trail is the steepests going up a fireroad. Once you reach the turn off, it is a beatiful narrow trail with a lot of pine trees at the higher elevations. It drops down to a creek and then gradually climbs again. There are a few sections that have been washed out...they have done a descent job to keep it from completely washing out. I have hiked this trail many times with and without my dogs, I have never missed the turn off. Accessible from the parking lot at Devil's Punch Bowl or from Big Rock Creek Campground (I've done it both ways) . I usually hike it early in the mornings and avoid the weekend crowds. (Just realized this is the Big Rock Creek approach which I have done also...description above is for the Nature Center approach).

Victor Estrada
4 years ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

its a narrow trail and not good on busy days but on off days the trail is very nice its not to hard and has some super cool views along the way, the view from the devils chair is awesome , its crazy to think all the land use to be underwater way back . i enjoy this hike but avoid it on busy weekends , i recommend this trail highly

David D.
4 years ago

Cool views from the Devils chair. I like all the old rust railing gives it a weird feel when your on the chair. Hike is pretty easy and the payoff is well worth your time.

Todd Madison
4 years ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

some parts of the trail will really get your heart pumping and have you winded. most of the trail is shaded by the trees and the mountains. the sandstone rock formations are beautiful. there was fewer than 20 people on the trail and once I reached the Chair, I sat there alone and listened to the wind swirling through the canyon. very nice hike.

Bill W.
4 years ago

Clifton Robinson
4 years ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Very nice trail and scenery. Will do it again next year

Chris Serrania
4 years ago

10 Completed6 Reviews