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Devil's Chair from Devil's Punchbowl Park

Intermediate
 3.6 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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7.4

Miles

12.0

KM

90%

Runnable

5,305' 1,617 m

High

4,777' 1,456 m

Low

1,116' 340 m

Up

1,116' 340 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

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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 runners 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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Jason Ethridge

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  3.6 from 10 votes

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Photos

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
Seasonal creek runs through the bottom of Devil's Punchbowl
Jun 4, 2020 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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