If you’re someone who likes to spend the majority of your free time outdoors, then you need to check out the Devil’s Punchbowl hiking trail in the Angeles National Forest. Just two hours outside of LA lies a 300-feet deep chasm in the dessert complete with massive rock formations, colorful brush, and wildlife critters at your feet – from squirrels and rabbits to an abundance of lizards dashing across the trial.
While the Devil’s Punchbowl is surrounded by immense geological features, the trail itself is only about one mile long and easy enough for leisurely hikers and children to do. The path is generally clear and easy to follow, but you’ll have your share of climbing over large boulders and sifting through branches as well. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can try the Devil’s Chair trail, which follows along the Punchbowl fault line for 6.9 miles.
Devil’s Punchbowl is near Pearblossom, California (off the Pearblossom Highway) at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. It lies on the San Andreas Fault and the Punchbowl Fault – aka, it’s not somewhere you want to be during an earthquake, that’s for sure.
What to Bring
Being that Devil’s Punchbowl is smack dab in the middle of the desert, it’s important to come prepared with a few essentials. First and foremost, you’ll need to pack water and sunscreen as the weather is this area is dry and hot. Therefore, it can get pretty dusty on the trail, so it’s a good idea to wear a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. Lastly, pack your camera! While the camera certainly never does nature justice, it’s a sight you’ll want to document nonetheless.
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