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O: Devil's Punchbowl Hike


Come play with us in the Devil’s Punchbowl!!!

What a great way to celebrate the holidays and get your conditioning going for WTC. Join us for this fun and unique hike to the Devil’s Chair in this remarkable geological area. Getting to the Devil’s Chair is a 7.5 mile out-and-back hike with a total of 1200 feet elevation gain. It is a canyon, so we will keep our heart rates up as we get elevation on the way in and on the way out. Along the way we will get spectacular views of local peaks and the Devil’s Punchbowl - which is described as "peculiar uptilted rock formations!" Wow! We will end our day by actually descending down into the Devil's Punch Bowl via the popular 1 mile Loop Trail (300 feet elevation gain on the way out). Once back at the nature center we will get a special treat as the nature center's ranger will meet with our group and introduce us to the 3 resident owls (Smitty, Squints and Ruth). The ranger will talk with us about the area's unique geology, the owls, and give us the opportunity to meet the amazing resident owls up close and personal!!!! They are exquisite magical beings and worth getting to know!

The group size will be limited.

TO PARTICIPATE: Please send contact info, rideshare info, and recent conditioning & hiking experience to leader Geri Ulrey [masked]

BRING: 2 liters of water, lunch, lug soles, hat and layered clothing.

MEETING POINT: 10 am in front of the Visitor's Center.

Leaders: Geri Ulrey and Valerie Thomas

This hike is a Sierra Club sponsored event and Sierra Club Rules of Conduct will apply. All participants will be required to follow Sierra Club rules, sign the Sign-In-Sheet AND sign a Liability Waiver at the trail head. Thanks!

Sierra Club rules can be read HERE

The Liability Waiver can be read HERE

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  • Angelina

    It was so beautiful and really lucked out with weather.

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, forgot to mention in case some of you forgot the 'report card' that was offered by the park staff. They get credit for their work here: so in lieu of sending a post card you can do this online.

    1 · December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those into stats I thought I would post what I got from my GPS: Going up to Devil's Chair I had 3.8 miles with a moving average of 3.8 MPH and overall of 1.8 MPH. Minimum elevation of 4682 and max of 5288.
    Coming back: 4.7 miles, moving average of 2.6 and overall average of 2.0. Total miles of the day was 8.5- Thanks Again to all of the group leaders that joined us- it was a terrific day.

    1 · December 16, 2012

  • Geri

    Hi Everyone!

    This is Geri, I am one of the Sierra Club leader of this hike. If you have RSVP'd YES for this event, please note that this is an official Sierra Club hike sponsored by the Wilderness Travel Committee. To that end, I am compiling a participant list and am going to privately distribute it to folks so they can, if they choose, arrange their own carpools. Please email me directly at [masked] with the following info:

    Contact phone:
    Contact email:
    Rideshare info (city and/or address).

    Thanks so much. This is going to be a great hike!

    December 8, 2012

    • Geri

      Please email me privately at [masked]. Also, Karen, I got your contact info. Thank you!!!

      December 8, 2012

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