For this road trip, I headed north to the other side of our local mountains to the Devil's Punchbowl. Devil's Punchbowl is part of the L.A. County Park system and is located in Pearblossom, California.
Some information on the park and what makes it unique can be found on the park website: http://www.devils-punchbowl.com/
Here we are arriving at the entrance to the park.
Just off the parking lot, the first building you come to is the nature center. The nature center has maps, info and Rangers or Volunteer Naturalists available to answer all your questions.
Directly across from the nature center is the picnic area.
There are three trails of varying lengths and difficulty. I took the middle of the three, the 1 mile loop trail. The loop trail goes down 300' into Punchbowl Canyon, then back up again.
The next four photos were taken along the Loop Trail and give you a pretty good idea of what the scenery looks like. The rocks remind me of Vasquez Rocks, which is about an hour's drive from here.
Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area
28000 Devils Punchbowl Rd.
Pearblossom, CA 93553
Phone: (661) 944-2743
Mileage from Monrovia: If you take the Angeles Forest Highway - 64 miles.
If you take the 210 west to the 14 north - 86 miles.
Travel time: Even though the mileage varies quite a bit, the travel time for the two options is pretty much the same.
Fees: Entry and parking are free. Donations are cool.
Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm.