Hike Devil's Punchbowl and Devil's Chair

Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area, CA - Search Nearby - Added by Masa Kato

Catch amazing views of rock formations caused by seismic activity on one of the multiple trails for different experience levels. There's also the possibility of longer backpacking trips through the high country. The park is dog friendly and has no parking or use fees.

What a hidden gem! A martian landscape full of faultline desert rock formations and joshua trees against a mountainous backdrop of the San Gabriels. Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area features a 1 mile well-marked, well-maintained single track loop trail inside the Punchbowl (great for kids) and a 7 mile trail to the Devil's Chair, a fin rock formation that offers panoramic vistas of the valley floor and the jutting sandstone formations. The second trail also features connections to trails that lead to the high country. Be sure to drop by the visitor's center for some great information on the wildlife, flora and fauna, and geological history of the area. Ask for a map, too!

Free entry, no parking fees or passes required. This hike is suitable year-round but just be careful of the high temperatures during the summer and early fall months. Winter and spring are spectacular if and when it snows.

The trail is easy to follow and is about 8 miles out and back. The trailhead is right behind the porta potty in the parking lot. Keep left at the greenish water shed and continue for about 3 miles where you will start a series of switchbacks. You'll begin to see the chair as you traverse the ridge; be careful not to pass it, just keep following the trail coming up behind it. You will eventually reach a narrow ledge that overlooks the canyon with metal railing on either side – be careful and watch your step! Once you've reached the plateau, you can rest, eat a snack, and take in the gorgeous colorful view below and around. Yeah!

If you are into rock climbing, bring your gear! So many fun rock faces and shears to explore.

Distance

8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Rock Climbing, Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Fantastic Hike!

I hiked this trail right after a small snow storm. It is a pretty amazing place. Definitely a must do hike to experience all the San Gabriel's have to offer!

True LA hidden gem!

Came here in the late summer and though the temperatures climbed into the high 90's, the strong breeze from the desert winds below offered a pleasant cool down in the shade. Brought my dog, Gerdy, and we hiked this trail in just a few hours, stopping for refreshments and photos along the way. We also ventured down into the Punchbowl to scramble over a few of the larger, smoother formations. Such a treat!

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