Devil’s Punchbowl, Pearblossom, California, USA

 

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We arrived for our hike at Devil’s Punchbowl just before 5pm. It was a short 1 mile loop hike so we were comfortable with starting the hike later in the day. The trailhead started just past the Visitor Center. To the right of the trailhead, there is an amphitheater view of the Punchbowl area below. The rocks below were almost scalloped in shape and pushed up on its side at almost 90 degree angles. These rocks were tilted to their present angles by activity along nearby faults. The view from the top was amazing.

Devil's Punchbowl rocks, View from above

View from above the Devil's Punchbowl rocks

 

The 1 mile loop slowly descended to the valley floor. The floor where the rocks lay looked very much like a crater in the ground where these magnificent rocks sat. Along the way we saw many different types of cacti and beetles, as my kids pointed out. When we eventually made it to the floor, we realized just how massive these rocks were.

Along the 1-mile Devil's Punchbowl Trail

Along the 1-mile Devil's Punchbowl Trail

 

There was a creek running through the valley floor. It was a good place for a water break where the kids also enjoyed stepping into the small creek. After hanging out in the creek for a few minutes we made our way back up. The views going up were just as beautiful as on our way down. We left the park about an hour and a half after we arrived. I had hoped to stay for the sunset 30 minutes later, but we had some time constraints.

At the bottom of the Punchbowl Rocks, along the Creek

Along the Creek at the bottom of the "Bowl"

A visit with a friendly Owl

A visit with a friendly Owl

 

Just before we left the park, we spotted a couple of owls in captivity. One of them had fallen off a tree as a baby, and was rescued by humans. Unfortunately, it had imprinted on its human rescuers, so it is not able to go back into the wild. That owl came up close to us as we arrived. It was an amazing experience to get such an upclose look at an owl.

 

Devil's Punchbowl Rocks, California

Devil's Punchbowl, California

 

If you're looking for a longer hike, I believe there is a longer hike called Devil’s Chair (about 8 miles). The map at the trailhead indicated other hikes as well.  We enjoyed our hike at another of Southern California's geological wonderland, just 1.5 hours out of Los Angeles.

 

Practical information (as of April 2016)

Address: 28000 Devil's Punchbowl Rd, Pearblossom, CA

Features:  Huge Scalloped Shaped Slanting Rocks

Website: Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area, California

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Admission fee: Free

Parking fee: Free

Hike distance: Devil’s Punchbowl - 1 mile loop

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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