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Devil's Chair from Devil's Punchbowl Park

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7.4 mile 12.0 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,116' 340 m
Descent: -1,116' -340 m
High: 5,305' 1,617 m
Low: 4,777' 1,456 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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A meandering route that leads to a narrow promontory in Devil's Punchbowl.

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Overview

This route circles the southern edge of Devil's Punchbowl, a canyon with sandstone geologic formations on the northern edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, before descending to a narrow promontory that extends out into the canyon. All but the first (and last) mile of the route are reasonably shaded. Be prepared for a very steep climb out of the canyon on an otherwise moderate journey.

Description

The trailhead is located in the southeastern corner of the parking lot for Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area. Follow the trail as it heads southwest, through a manzanita forest, until it comes to a fire road. The route follows the Burkhart Trail for about 1/2 mile, passing the split where the Burkhart Trail moves on to the west, while the (Devil's) Punchbowl Trail moves to the southeast. Don't worry, there are signs.

By the time that you transition to the (Devil's) Punchbowl Trail, most of the climbing is done, and the trail meanders eastward, through mixed forest, along the lower flanks of the mountains. Enjoy views of the canyon to the north, but watch your footing as some sections of the trail are narrow and/or washed out. At the 3-mile mark, the trail begins a sharp, switchbacked, descent into the canyon. At the bottom of the descent, take the trail to the left and head west to Devil's Chair.

Soon, as the trail skirts the canyon wall, there will be railings to keep hikers from falling. These continue out to the tip of the promontory, which is completely fenced. Enjoy the views, and take a breather, before climbing back out of the canyon to return the way you came.

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May 16, 2020
Remy Nevarez
Mar 8, 2020
Diana N
Relatively flat for the most part, the only someone challenging parts are on your way back going back uphill there are short spurts of incline 7.4mi — 2h 50m
Jul 4, 2019
Nicholas LaPlant
rapid onset at the chair 7.7mi — 2h 52m
Oct 13, 2018
Simon Chen
Adding the Devil’s Punchbowl, total hike ended up at 9 miles. Cool and a bit windy, but dry enough despite recent rains 9mi
Oct 5, 2018
Leon Roque
Great trail good weather. No water at this time the little creek was dry when it had water back in April.
Mar 28, 2018
Bryan Horn
7.5mi
Jan 8, 2018
Yela Yvonne
7.4mi
Jan 2, 2018
Sean Feng
7.4mi

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  3.6 from 9 votes

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The rock formations of Devil's Punchbowl are always a sight to see.
Jan 11, 2017 near Piñon H…, CA
This is the Devil's Chair (highest white peak) as seen from the trail.
Jan 11, 2017 near Piñon H…, CA
Heading out to Devil's Chair; yeah, its a bit sketchy.
Jul 1, 2016 near Piñon H…, CA

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