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Devil's Chair from Devil's Punchbowl Park

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Length


7.4 Miles 12.0 Kilometers


1,116' 340 m

Ascent

-1,116' -340 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

5,305' 1,617 m

High

4,777' 1,456 m

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Shared By Jason Ethridge

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

Jason Ethridge

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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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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
Sep 16, 2017
Nelson Perez
Hiked with Kristin and Logan. Bring more water and start earlier next time 7.5mi
Aug 15, 2017
Momo Ozawa
May 13, 2017
Jenn Lee
There was actually some water at the beginning of the trail after it branched off from the Burkhart Trail. It was beautiful to see. 7.4mi

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  3.6 from 8 votes

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