Summary: 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.
Hikers with extra energy, may want to also take the 1 mile loop trail, which drops down into the punchbowl amongst the stunning rock formations. Summer hikers should bring lots of water as it can get seriously hot in this area!
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:34.41381 Lon:-117.85858)
Trail Guides for Devils Punchbowl - Devils Chair:
101 Hikes in Southern California
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs
Ranger Contact: Devil's Punchbowl Nature Area (661) 944-2743
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ron on 1/29/2014
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Reviewed by SAS on 6/15/2012
This is a real treasure of a hike. We have been doing it through the seasons for the past five years. Bring a gallon of water for your June hikes and snow poles for your January hike. The colors and lighting are stunning and quite uplifting. LA county parks excelled here.
Reviewed by PK on 2/29/2012
First time for me on this hike, and it was well worth the drive out to it! A bit snowy in places, and there's a lot of up and down to get from the nature area to the chair itself. Lots of stunning views (local landscape as well as distant ones) and lots of awesome outcroppings to scramble to and pose inanely. Also great weather for today: sunny but cool.
Reviewed by Kat F. on 11/4/2011
We hiked this trail in April 2011. Gorgeous views and a great workout. It was a beautiful hike, we saw a blue jay and it was early enough in the Spring that there was still run off from the snow in streams. I highly recommend this hike! :)
Reviewed by Paul on 7/15/2011
Wonderful hike, beautiful area. One of my favorite places of all time for climbing and hiking. And as far as I know, the young man died at Cedar Creek Falls, in the "devil's punch bowl." This is a different park, and is still open.
Reviewed by Jonathan on 7/15/2011
There have been no deaths at the Devil's Punchbowl they're talking about here. The death occurred at "Devil's Punchbowl" at cedar creek falls near Ramona near San diego. Devil's Punchbowl County park is still open and is a wonderful place to hike!
Reviewed by Troop54 on 7/11/2011
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Reviewed by Viewer on 7/8/2011
Haven't gone there, but it is closed indefinitely after someone died.
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