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Santa Paula Canyon / Punch Bowls Professional Review and Guide
"Hike past Aquinas College, through lovely riparian habitats into Santa Paula Canyon, and to perfectly formed swimming areas at the appropriately named Punch Bowls. During the floods of 2005, much of the trail and road was eliminated by high waters. There are orange markers for ambiguous parts of the trail, so it is a good idea to be watchful of these and stay on the well-worn trail. The trail itself requires a few jaunts over Santa Paula Creek. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Many people pack a pair of reef shoes or water shoes for this part of the trail; these may come in handy later in the day when you have reached the swimming hole and waterslide. PLEASE BE AWARE OF RECENT WILDFIRES IN THE AREA."
--Monique Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura (Falcon Guides).
This was a pretty hike, but strenuous for the last part. The dirt road is no longer dirt, so follow the road to the end to the second set of oil wells and the path begins there. Look for the orange signs when possible. We made it to the falls before the punch bowls, but after that it is a lot of rock! It was beautiful back in the canyon.
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