** RAIN OR FALLING SNOW CANCELS ALL HIKES**
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Devil’s Punchbowl to the Devil’s Chair
Distance: ~7.4 Miles total (out and back)
Gain: ~ 615'
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate + (for gain at start and hiking at an altitude of 4750 ft.)
The Devil’s Punch Bowl (below) is a gorgeous site with protruding rocks and sheer rock faces. On the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gabriel_Mountains), near Littlerock, California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlerock,_California) and Pearblossom, California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearblossom,_California), this 7 miler is a round trip, out and back hike. It includes some altitude and a mild climb in the first mile. After that first mile, the trail is fairly flat winding in and out of the canyons and trees, providing great views up the mountains behind and out over the desert below. It is one of the most scenic forest hikes in our area.
For everyone's enjoyment, depending on the number of hike leaders we have available, we will try to organize a faster group and a more moderate paced group.
NOTE: If you are uncomfortable with heights, narrow trails with adjacent drop offs, sections with loose scree (rock chips) or similar, this hike is probably not for you. See third photo down.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil's_Punchbowl_(California ) .
We will head around the Devil’s Punchbowl and out to the Devil's Chair (see route in photo below).
The Devil's Chair, protruding out over the Devil's Punchbowl below
Carpooling from Santa Clarita:
Meet at Towsley Canyon , 24489 The Old Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91381
Meet at 7:15AM for a 7:30AM SHARP departure to caravan out to the trail head (directions below). Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas.
Or, go straight to the trail head located at:
28000 Devil's Punchbowl Rd., Pearblossom CA 93553
Meet your leader in the corner of the trailhead/ nature center Parking lot (near the porta potty). There are also other bathrooms behind the nature center.
We will arrive at ~ 8:30AM for a 8:45AM SHARP departure up the trail.
Directions to trail head:
Take the SR-14 North to the Angeles Forest Hwy exit, Exit 30, and go towards Pear Blossom Highway, keeping on left of the ramp toward Pearblossom Hwy/Littlerock/Victorville. Merge onto Sierra Hwy. Stay straight to go onto Pearblossom Hwy. At the light, turn right onto Pearblossom Hwy/CA-138. Turn right onto 87th St E. Take the 2nd left onto Fort Tejon Rd. Turn right onto Longview Rd. Turn left onto Tumbleweed Rd. Turn slight right on to Devil’s Punchbowl Road.
28000 Devil’s PunchBowl Road is a cul de sac parking lot, at the end of the road.
Bring: A snack/lunch, water (3 liters is recommended), electrolytes, sunscreen, hat, hiking poles if you have them, and your camera. Wear layered clothing as it will most likely be cold and windy. and good boots with tread. No gym shoes or flip-flops. No poison oak expected on this trail.
Adventure Pass: Not required.
Dogs: OK , if on leash and well behaved around other dogs and people with hiking poles.
Leader: Jim Hazard