Trailhead: South Fork Trailhead
Trail: High Desert Trail from South Fork to Devil’s Chair
Route Description: From the parking area at South Fork (north of the campground), follow the High Desert Trail south along the South Fork of Big Rock Creek which is dry late in the year. Within sight of the trailhead, there is a junction. Follow the High Desert Trail to Burkhart Trail. Although many might find the signage confusing, the arrow is pointing in the correct direction continuing up along Big Rock Creek.
The trail will cross the creek before passing the campground. Across the creek, the trail will make a u-turn and wind it’s way up to a saddle before descending down and crossing Holcomb Canyon where there was still enough water in the creek to filter when I hiked this in December of 2017. As a result, I think the creek is a possible a year-round water source. I say a possible year-round water source because I saw water in the San Gabriel River at West Fork this year but not last year. The trail then heads uphill to a junction with the Devil’s Chair Trail.
Follow the Devil’s Chair Trail to Devil’s Chair and then retrace your steps to South Fork.
Stats: 6 miles, 1350′ of gain and loss.
Points of Interest:
- Devil’s Chair