Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Revisiting The Devil's Chair

If you ask me which are my favorite hikes in Southern California, I would list the usuals like the Verdugos or Monrovia Canyon Park. However, in my heart-of-hearts what really might be my number one choice is hiking to the Devil's Chair in the Antelope Valley.

Why do I like this area so much? Is it the crazy geography caused by fault lines?

Is it the amazing hike through pine trees while simultaneously offering views of the desert?

The hike is all of these things and more. While it is a bit of a jaunt from LA (an hour plus in the Antelope Valley) it is worth the trip for the other-worldly nature of the area. The hike itself isn't too bad, 7.4 miles RT, only about 600 feet in elevation gain but who cares about statistics when you have vistas?

Of course, the point of this hike is to get you to the chair, a piece of rock hanging out in the middle of a canyon surrounded by safety wire, and it is totally worth it!

I really can't recommend this hike enough, get yourself into the Devil's Maw!

For more info on the hike check out this link: http://www.devils-punchbowl.com/


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