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Nice but weird parking in the neighborhood.

Love this hike!, but it wasn't until I was leaving that I was able to find the actual trail I was supposed to be on when going to the waterfall & punchbowl. Trail starts easy enough, then you get to a point, and this is Important!, where the trail seems to split, KEEP LEFT and look for a large boulder with colorful markings. You'll see a bunch of downed trees, go over them there isn't many and you'll see the trail continues. I posted pics of what you need to be looking for. Going this way does stray away from the creek, you can still hear the creek though, but so much faster. I got there originally trying to follow colored markings and rocky hiking through the riverbed, it took forever. Had it not been for finding the correct trail I probably wouldn't have come back. That being said, scenery is great, lots of areas that I imagine during the Summer months would be fun to hang out along the Santa Paula creek. Next will be another split where the trail looks it follows along the creek or you head up along the mountain side. Either is correct, more of a personal choice, I went up, great views looking down over the valley and you do reach 2 camps before the waterfall/ punchbowl, from this trail you see the waterfall from the camp nearest the edge. I can't speak for the creek route, but hear its better to do this route when its hot. I will also add that there are 2 times on the mountain route that are a bit cumbersome. A steep, rocky gully and exiting the trail right onto the creek, it's steep & narrow too. Once there, lots of exploring and water to play in!

I have hit this trail over 10 times and every time have made it to the bowls, even the hidden ones way up top in the back of the main ones. The arrows are very difficult to try and follow but become helpful if you are lost. All I can say is that if you follow the stream and keep an eye out for those helpful arrows, you'll have a blast! It eventually ends up at a split and you just want to make sure you stay to the right side once you get to that point, if you don't see the bowls after about 2 hours, double check with people you see or check a map!

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome first hike for a newbie looking for a challenge

Follow the arrows, they said.
This works until the last 1/3 when it gets almost comical. Hard to find the arrows if you stay low/creekside. When the trail splits, I recommend you take the high road. All the climbing over and around rocks probably added an hour to the hike.
Feels like you’re a million miles away from town, so worth the long afternoon!

Worth the hike up and back. Beautiful views!

It’s pretty vertical in the beginning but indeed the views were amazing.

Only 1.5 mi up but it’s a continual up. As a 50+ hiker, I would rank easy-moderate. Beautiful view all around is my favorite part. Would have given it a five if mountain bike traffic was less frequent.

After reading the reviews I was prepared to see a lot of trash and graffiti everywhere and tons of people but I didn’t encounter much of that. People must be picking up after themselves!

hiking
2 months ago

If you are not physically active you may find this hike a bit challenging just because it’s very steep. You will be okay with some in between breaks, it’s totally worth it. View is great!

Was excited to do this hike and it was definitely different considering the scenery and that you are right along the stream. But that being said, we didn’t make it to the punch bowl. The arrows were less clear at the end and we were with our pup and the rocks were getting bigger and it had become more dangerous than was comfortable for us. It sounds like there are multiple ways to get to the end - we tried to stick to the red line on the All Trails app Esther than the dotted line. Thinking the dotted line could have actually gotten you there and been easier than the red line, which was right along the creek. The dotted line seemed to be out in the hot sun, which some people were referencing in their reviews. We likely won’t do it again but if we did, we would go the dotted trail route. Would be cool if someone else could confirm that for others using the app!

Nice easy to moderate hike with view of mountains at the top. Fairly shaded in the morning and not too busy, watch out for mountain bikers.

Short hike with a beautiful view of the coast line. There is pretty heavy mountain bike traffic on the main road.

Options for a little longer home or shorter. A slight challenge but a beautiful view.

Great hike! Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's definitely easy. It's flat the whole way. The trail gets a little messy sometimes and you have to go over rocks and cross the river but nothing crazy. This was absolutely lovely.

hiking
3 months ago

I’d do it again, but it was a challenge, and there were TONS of mosquitoes.

hiking
3 months ago

If you're a beginner hiker or do not have the greatest cardiovascular endurance, you will find this hike difficult. It's steep with loose dirt/rocks in some areas. I would recommend lots of water, trekking poles and frequent breaks to that group of hikers.

If you've done any of the more serious SoCal hikes like Baldy, San G, San J etc, then this hike is very easy. Again it's steep but its so short and starts at sea level so it won't matter to an avid fit hiker. You'll blast to the top in 20-30 minutes like it's nothing.

All in all a very lackluster hike. The ocean view is nice if you like looking at water, but I find that pretty boring. Point Mugu State Park and the surrounding area was burned a few years back and still has not fully recovered. The trail sees a lot of traffic so there is un-natural erosion, garbage on the trail and graffiti on the rocks. If you can stomach that the trail will provide a good workout so long as you move fast and/or carry a heavy pack for training. Personally I'll pass and hike somewhere else unless I'm really short on time. Ray Miller Trail, Overtlook Trail and Sandstone Peak are all nice alternatives.

easy two mile hike
I did this hike as a night hike. beautiful And peaceful trail. once you get to the grotto you will see a bit of water. I'm assuming that when it rains, must he amazing.
avoid parking by the campsite, you will get kicked out. you can park on on the top entrance or on mullohand drive will take you straight to the trail
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First time here, and the trail is much harder than it looks. At the fork, I went in the counterclockwise direction. Felt like I essentially climbed vertically until the top. I’m in decent shape and had to stop and catch my breath a few times. The views are incredible, even on the way down (I came clockwise). I went around 9:30 on a Saturday morning, and it wasn’t too packed. Decent sized parking lot, but there’s also a very large shoulder before the trail entrance, with parking allowed after 5am. No dogs allowed, and no bathrooms. Bring water.

Loved this trail arrows are everywhere make side to make it to the back pool where there is a waterfall and rope to climb

hiking
3 months ago

It's a steep climb to the top. Great views of the Pacific, Mugu State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains. Perfect place to train and condition for longer mountain hikes. Lots of birds to watch. Enjoy.

I have done this trail twice! Both times it was pretty hot out so make sure you bring plenty of water with you. You can hike two main ways through santa Paula canyon, or along the water to the punch bowls. I preferred going along the water the second time because there was more shade and I enjoy an occasion splash when I get hot but that’s just me! However stunning views overlooking the canyon if you follow the main trailhead/orange and green markers! There is trash unfortunately so be a handy earth lover and bring a trash bag with you, it made me feel better cleaning up as I went. But the Punchbowl was awesome! Fun area to have a picnic and say hello to fellow travelers!

Loved this trail. Very beautiful scenery!

hiking
4 months ago

This was my first time hiking this trail, the initial climb is intense but well worth it, once you get to the top and the trail levels out it’s amazing and great for photos

Super great trail a bit confusing at times really fun

Great place to go hike and spend time with friends and family. Highly recommended to those who love to hike and admire nature. Also great cliffs to jump off if you are into that!
!!!GO CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ON THE SANTA PAULA PUNCH BOWLS!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3na2KTAzXSw

hiking
4 months ago

Steep incline but definitely worth the workout! Gorgeous ocean views.

Nice, easy hike with ocean views. My 7 year old was able to do the trail with no problems.

Great Trail. A bit confusing at times. Looking for green or blue arrows to remind you your goin correct way. Apparently there are multiple ways to get to first punch bowl. Tiring but so worth the hike when you take that jump in pool. Planning to go back but explore the other bowls.

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