Lower Punchbowl Canyon

Los Angeles, California

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On this trip you enter Devil’s Punchbowl by a little-known back way—the mouth of Punchbowl Canyon. Once above the lower canyon portals, you’ll find yourself in a maze-like wonderland reminiscent of the “slickrock” country of southern Utah, save for the reddish hues. The hike is best done in the winter or early spring, when snowmelt or runoff courses down the canyon and its tributaries. Soon the familiar Punchbowl Formation rocks are all around you. The slabs of pebbly sandstone rise dramatically to the south--if you're game for it, scramble up for a great view of the brooding San Gabriels. Caution is in order when the rock is wet; it tends to disintegrate grain by grain much as Utah's slickrock does.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

On this trip you enter Devil’s Punchbowl by a little-known back way—the mouth of Punchbowl Canyon. Once above the lower canyon portals, you’ll find yourself in a maze-like wonderland reminiscent of the “slickrock” country of southern Utah, save for the reddish hues. The hike is best done in the winter or early spring, when snowmelt or runoff courses down the canyon and its tributaries.

Soon the familiar Punchbowl Formation rocks are all around you. The slabs of pebbly sandstone rise dramatically to the south--if you're game for it, scramble up for a great view of the brooding San Gabriels. Caution is in order when the rock is wet; it tends to disintegrate grain by grain much as Utah's slickrock does.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Los Angeles
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: ANF/SCMRD
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Valyermo
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Punchbowl Canyon

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