FLASH HIKE NOTICE: SANTA PAULA PUNCHBOWLS...
Some hiker websites call this the best hiking spot in Ventura County
(and we know that the internet never lies!)
Another site calls it "A lunar landscape with cascading water slides".
Sure, its a bit of a drive, but people rave about the Punchbowls for some reason, and I aim to find out what that reason is. I've never been there, so it'll be new to all of us.
WHEN: MONDAY JANUARY 17TH, MEET AT 10:30 AM AT THE PARKING LOT ON HIGHWAY 150 (THE ROAD FROM SANTA PAULA TO OJAI)
DISTANCE: 7.1 MILES ROUND TRIP IF YOU GO TO THE FIRST 25 FOOT FALLS. ADD AN EXTRA 1/2 MILE EACH WAY TO SEE THE SECOND FALLS. (Yes, 8.1 miles total=2 waterfalls)
DISTANCE FROM L.A.: around 70 miles, so give yourself 1 1/2 hours if coming from downtown L.A.
ELEVATION Gain: 800 feet from the parking lot to the first falls.
DIFFICULTY: NOT FOR BEGINNERS! LOTS OF ROCK HOPPING AND STREAM-CROSSING.
INFO FROM THE WEB:
Park in either of two dirt parking lots off Highway 150 adjacent to the entrance of Thomas Aquinas College. Walk up the college road. Please respect signs to stay on road and do not cut across open areas of campus. The road eventually splits off to the right from the college and continues through a ranch and oil well site. Approximately 1.3 miles from the highway and after the oil wells, the route enters dense sycamore and alder stands along the creek bottom. During the winter floods of 2005, much of the trail and road was eliminated due to high waters. Since this trail receives heavy use on weekends, we recommend hiking it on a weekday. The main attractions are a narrow gorge and beautiful waterfalls that cascade into deep pools of water. Be very careful when hiking this trail due to the many steep drop-offs and high cliffs. After 3.4 miles, the trail passes Big Cone Camp that has campsites set in a shady grove of big cone Douglas-fir with year-round water close by. A great alternative less then a mile further up the trail is Cross Camp. This camp offers secluded, nicely arranged camp-sites on Santa Paula Creek (year-round water). At 1.8 miles from Cross Camp a trail turns off to the right and drops down to Jackson Camp. The main trail continues another 0.2 miles to Jackson Hole. For the adventurous, a non maintained trail picks up at 0.4 miles up-canyon from Jackson Hole and continues on to Last Chance Camp and Topatopa Mountains. The trail is not passable to stock beyond Big Cone Camp.
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Casa De Lagos
715 East Ojai Avenue (HIGHWAY 150), Ojai, CA 93023 (805)[masked]
has a big outdoor patio, serves beer, etc
the restaurant is located 8 miles west of the punchbowls along Highway 150. After chowing down, you can follow Highway 150 west to where it becomes Highway 33, which plugs back in to the 101 freeway.
THE FOLLOWING INFO WAS SWIPED FROM ANOTHER MEETUP GROUP (Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice), WHICH IS LEADING A HIKE AT THE SAME SPOT TODAY AT 9 AM. But you know how I like to sleep in, so we start ours at 10:30 AM.
If you haven't been on this popular classic hike in the last five years, the new trail has more rock hopping in and near the stream bed and is a bit longer (about 8¼ mrt) than the classic you knew. Now rated moderate to strenuous, it's still a popular effort to reach the waterfall and the pool below (looks like the one on the Coors can) at the first punchbowl. We can rest here for a leisurely picnic lunch ~ and maybe an optional swim.
If we are all in the mood to literally "go the extra mile" (½ mile one-way, but the trail is rough, damaged by flood debris and landslides) we might also go on to the grotto (second) punchbowl.
Bring lug soled shoes, plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen.
Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch!
Plan on being gone all day for a moderate paced hike.
Meet in the dirt parking lot near the trailhead at 10:30 A.M.
Take 126 (either west from Fillmore -or- east from Saticoy) to 150 in Santa Paula, then north on 150 for six miles to trailhead parking lot.
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