Devil’s Punchbowl Loop Trail

With so many trails to explore in SoCal, I try to hike a new location each time. There are a few I would revisit, but why when I have various options to choose from? It’s such a great feeling to be able to view the mountains or parks from multiple angles and heights. Not only that, it’s intriguing how each site gives me a different unique experience. Nature is amazing, and I adore all of its offerings because it never gets boring, and it’s fun to explore and learn.

Devil’s Punchbowl Loop Trail is a one-mile trail located in Pearblossom, California. Just before the state shut down all trails due to Covid-19, my sister, brother-in-law, and I were able to explore this adventurous park. It was our last hike before everything closed, and I’m glad we were able to do so. We honestly were not expecting the park to be packed, but it was. From my previous hikes, I knew there weren’t many people out due to the cold. This situation was different, and I assume it was because they didn’t have anything else to do. The parks and beaches were slammed with so many families out and about causing the closures.

The start of the trail was pretty interesting, there was a sign-in box for visitors to write their names and where they were from. I hadn’t experienced that and thought it was cool to see everyone coming from so many different states (possibly even countries). The hike in itself was a breeze but definitely a work out towards the end- going uphill almost killed me! The massive rocks were amazing to see- the next time I go I’m going to climb them. My favorite part of the hike was towards the end when we discovered a soothing creek at the bottom of the trail. There’s something about the sound of a creek that I absolutely love! I guess it’s because creeks give me a sense of relaxation, peace, and serenity- causing my heart to smile.

I highly recommend visiting this park if you’re ever in the area because it isn’t too bad of a hike. I use an app called All Trails (I’ll talk about it soon in another post), and it classifies the trail as easy, even though it seemed longer due to all of the turns. If you are afraid of heights, there are a few steep areas but nothing too bizarre- then again, I’m not scared of heights so you may think otherwise. Some may think many areas are dangerous, but I’m a daredevil so I like taking a little risk at times. Since we went with snow still on the mountains and freezing cool, there weren’t many annoying bugs out. I’m sure there’s plenty during the hotter months. I can assure you all I will be visiting this beautiful scenery again and staying for lunch to really enjoy the peacefulness!

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