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2017-Devil's Punchbowl (Level 2+ / Moderate)

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  • Let's visit this special landmark of LA near the San Andreas Fault Devil's Punchbowl County Park. If you don't join morning hikes to Mormon Rocks and Baden Powell, check below for driving direction. 

    Photos from last time Devil's Punchbowl and Devil's Chair: Dec, 2011 and Mar, 2011


    Trailhead: 1:00 - 1:05 PM meet and hike

    Carpooling is recommended, and No Parking Fee is required for parking

    Route: start from The Devil's Punchbowl County Park, the most conspicuous features of the park are geological

    Highlights: Spectacular rock formations, lovely pine forests, views of the high desert
    Near: Pearblossom, CA
    Distance: about 3 to 9 miles (Pinyon Pathway, Devil's Punchbowl loop and Devil's Chair)
    Elevation Gain: 1000+ ft
    Hike Time: 2-4 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
    HikeType: Out and Back

    Essentials: 10 Hiking Essentials and the most: Wear good traction shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring plenty water and snacks or a light lunch!

    ABOUT THE HIKE: The Devil's Punchbowl is a point where 2 earthquake faults collide, creating upwards jutting vertical walls as high as 300 feet. It is a spectacular setting, with the high desert spreading out on one side, and the pine covered Angeles National forest on the other. The hike takes you along the mostly shaded rim of the Punchbowl, to the dramatic Devil's Chair, a breathtaking overlook with 360 degree views of the geologic formations. A rainbow of rock surrounds the Devils Chair with pink streaked chalk white cliffs, undulating tan crags, chocolate brown slabs, and green-gray ledges. This, combined with the green of the mountains and the blue sky, makes for a memorable image

    Trails Map: click here

    The Highlights:

    - Incredible range of climates and environments – from Joshua Trees at the bottom to Jeffrey Pines at the top.
    – Fascinating geology at the Devil’s Punchbowl and on the rocks of Will Thrall.
    - Long-distance solitude.

    - Access to several peaks from the saddle, as well as an opportunity to through-hike to the Angeles Crest Highway.


    ABOUT THE DEVIL'S PUNCHBOWL COUNTY PARK: consists of 1,310 acres and was opened in December 1963. The forty acres where the nature center is located was once in private ownership and was purchased by the County of Los Angeles because of its unique features. Surrounding U.S. Forest Service lands were then added to enhance the park. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation now operates this area as one of its Natural Areas facilities. The Ranger on duty or Volunteer Naturalist will be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you may have. The Devil's Punchbowl Nature Center is designed to assist you in learning more about the flora, fauna, and the geological features of the park.

    The most conspicuous features of the park are geological. The Punchbowl is a deep canyon cut by the runoff of large quantities of water from the higher San Gabriel Mountains occurring over a long period of time. These mountain peaks above the park are 8,000 feet in elevation while the Nature Center is located at 4,740 feet above sea level. The Punchbowl Canyon is 300 feet deep at the vista point. The peculiar uptilted rock formations to be seen in the entire area are layers of sedimentary rocks that were formed long ago by the depositing of loose material in horizontal layers by water. Later they were squeezed into their present steeply-tilted form by the continuing action of uplift along the Punchbowl and Pinyon Faults and pressures along the San Andreas Fault. The Punchbowl Fault is to the south of the rock formation while the Pinyon and San Andreas Faults are to the north. A detailed description of the process theories is available in handout form from the Nature Center. More info here

    ***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865***
    Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street

    Trailhead: Exit the Antelope Valley Freeway (14) at Pearblossom highway (138), and follow it to the town of Pearblossom where you will turn right (south) on Longview Road (County N6). Follow the signs to the park 7 miles ahead. Note that facing the nature center, the Burkhart trailhead is on the right side of the parking lot. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) 28000 DEVILS PUNCH BOWL RD, PEARBLOSSOM

    REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***



    ***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike*** 

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