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The Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area is located on the north face of the San Gabriel Mountains, and lies within the Los Angeles County Border.  The Punchbowl is home to a number of interesting geological features, created by erosion and uplift from three nearby faults (the San Andreas, Pinyon, and Punchbowl Faults).  There are numerous hikes in and around the Punchbowl, but our primary goal was to hike from South Fork Campground to the Devil’s chair, which is about 7.5 miles round trip.  When we arrived, we found out that South Fork Campground had been “temporarily closed for construction”, and so we had to park one mile from the trailhead, which added an extra 2 miles to our hike.  After conquering the now 9.5 mile devil’s chair hike, we ran over to the visitor’s center and quickly did the 1 mile loop trail.  It was getting dark quickly, so we almost ran the one mile.

Ahhh, the scenery here is beautiful!  I highly recommend the hike from South Fork to Devil’s Chair.  Another option, if you can arrange a car shuttle, is to hike from South Fork campground to the visitor’s center!

References:

www.devils-punchbowl.com

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