Devil's Punchbowl

Hiking

Devil's Punchbowl is a point where two 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.

Author

Brian Skalsky

Start/Finish points

Exit the 15 freeway at Pearblossom highway (138), and follow it to the town of Pearblossom where you will turn left (south) on Longview Road (County N6). Follow the signs to the park approximately 7 miles ahead. Note that facing the nature center, the Burkhart trailhead is on the right side of the parking lot. Check in with the people there at the nature center and they have maps available.

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Route

The hike from the nature center to the devils chair is 7.4 miles roundtrip. It is absolutely breathtaking. The trail was in good shape and you will most likely see other people out on the trail since this is a very popular hike. There is an elevation change of approximately 1,000 feet. The hike will take about 4 - 5 hours. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, especially if you are hiking in this area during the summer. This park can get very warm during the summer months.

Contact

County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation

Website: http://www.devils-punchbowl.com/index.html

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