Devils Chair Trail

#1 of 2 trails in Devils Punchbowf Park
Devils Chair Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Valyermo, CA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.0 miles 1600 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking
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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.

Don Victor

4 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike near the AV!

Ashley Fredrickson

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

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

21 Completed18 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

5 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 Completed2 Reviews

Hiked around the devils punch bowl it was amazing

Nicholas Burtch

14 Completed17 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

547 Completed890 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

51 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

4 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.