“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” – John Mayer
I’ve always wanted to check out Devil’s Punchbowl located in Pearlblossom, CA and decided to go there on my own. I figured it would be a good way to test my endurance for longer hikes. I’m more of a casual hiker. I like to take my time and enjoy the view which is probably why I always get left behind in a group. My friend has been trying to convince me to join him in the Southern California’s six peaks challenge. It’s been on my mind lately and probably why I pushed myself to do this hike.
I was pleasantly surprised by the scenic view that greeted me on the 1.1-mile loop. The rock formations are stunning. The Devil’s Punchbowl is a point where 2 earthquake faults collide. This gem is only 1.5 hours away from Los Angeles and should be added to your must-hike list. There are several hikes you can take depending on how much time you have.
On the other hand, the Devil’s Chair hike is an entirely different beast. The hike is 7.5 miles round trip which would take approximately 3 hours. It’s not a tough hike but definitely a long one for a novice hiker like me. The view along the way is pretty incredible.
I almost didn’t make it to the Devil’s Chair. The distance and the heat were getting to me. In addition to that, I was foolish enough not to bring food with me. Yeah, I should know better. Once I got there the stunning geological formation took my breath away. I’ll let the pictures below do the talking.
My tips for this day hike:
1. Bring at least 2 liters of water. Maybe even 3 during the summer.
2. Bring FOOD. Yes, let’s all learn from my mistake. I just have to give a shout out to the female hikers I met along the trail who shared their lunch with me.
3. Wear sunscreen and don’t forget bug spray.
4. Make sure to go to the Visitor center and ask for a map and directions from the Park Ranger. It is so easy to get lost even on the way back and it easily adds 2 miles to the hike.
5. There are no park entrance fees. Parking is free.
6. Wear comfortable hiking shoes.
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Men’s Hiking Shoes
Merrell Men’s Chameleon Prime Stretch Hiking Shoe,Black,10.5 M US
Women’s Hiking Shoes
Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe,Taupe,8.5 M US
7. Get a hydration backpack if you don’t want to be lugging around water bottles.
Let me know if you’ve done this hike or would like to do this hike. I hope you’ll add it to your list of places to hike.