excellent trail. go early as the first .9 mile has no shade and straight up. Great views of valley. We started at about 845, and it was 58° at trailhead. Your vertical climb over the trail is almost 1,400 feet.

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bugs
21 hours ago

Wow this hike hurt, but it’s probably my fault for getting here and starting it at 11am. There are some narrow spots so be careful. Make sure to bring bug spray, tons of mosquitos at this time. I really enjoyed this trail. Great views. Will probably come back and do this in the fall when it’s cooler :)

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rocky
22 hours ago

Great trail highly recommended. Watch for snakes. Make sure to stay on the trail.

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no shade
23 hours ago

Pretty good trail, lots of people on it this weekend for memorial day parking lot filled up by 9 o’clock and had to park on the side of the road. We didn’t see any rattlers but we heard one lots of lizards and other bugs so bring your bug spray. Not much shade on this one so make sure you bring a hat and a good amount of water. Not sure why this is rated as hard as it’s a pretty moderate level trail.

Best hike I’ve ever been on.

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rocky
2 days ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of lush wildflowers, snow cupped mountains in the distance. Just be aware, the road to get up to Inspiration Point is currently closed, so we had to walk the roughly 2 miles from the bottom of the hill up to the trail head. Hardly ran into any people, which was nice. Also very dog friendly!

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no shade
3 days ago

Good trail, little shade, to the devils chair national monument, but more importantly you get a glimpse of the San Andreas fault!

This trail kicked my ass but it was beautiful! First and last part are the toughest - switchbacks leading to the chair and a really hot path leading to the main part of the trail. Bring water and I wouldn’t start this trail between 1-3 PM - it is HOT. Beware rattlesnakes! Saw one in the middle of the trail.

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rocky
4 days ago

Trail is easy-moderate from a workout perspective but precarious given a few washed-out spots leaving room for only one foot. There is no room for messing around on this trail, I wouldn't advise bringing small children past the loop. These areas are few and far between however, and with attention paid to footing, and if done early enough in the day, this trail offers one-of-a-kind views. I took this one at a leisurely pace on the way out to take a ton of snaps. First mile out of the punchbowl is uphill at a very gradual incline—not hard, but I would imagine it would be hot in the summer if you go past noon; it's completely exposed. After that, the trail to the chair is a breeze, with tons of shady spots, and even a little creek, if you need a rest. The chair at the end is a little spooky but v safe, totally fenced in; due to COVID tho, I sanitized after touching the rails. The climb back out might be a little tough for a quarter-mile or so if you don't do a lot of hiking, but nothing too crazy. Not so steep that you need poles, but saw some folks with them. Everybody had masks (required in the parking lot and visitor's center) but not all wore them as they passed. I would encourage people to wear masks when they encounter other hikers, and to practice trail etiquette, letting others pass on the outside if there is room on the trail. That said, everyone was super friendly, lots of smiles, dogs, and great attitudes, and I only saw two pcs of litter on the trail. Deer were out near the visitor's center, and there are helpful rangers—and a clean bathroom—at the trailhead. Bottom line: OK workout with tons of shade compared to trails in LA, and gorgeous views courtesy of the San Andreas Fault.

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6 days ago

COVID-19 UPDATE: trails are now open throughout the Punchbowl park. MUST keep 6’ social distancing AND wear a mask when you come across others on the trail and parking lot. Saw lots of people without masks... this is not optional. If you come across others during your hike cover your faces people.

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bugs
no shade
scramble
7 days ago

Great trail. The hike is more like 6.5 miles round trip. I would not recommend if you do not like hiking narrow paths. There are a couple of sections that are extremely narrow and there is a lot of shale and loose rocks in sections. Take your time in these areas. If you bring a dog you also might want to consider using a harness instead of a regular collar and leash. We brought 2 large dogs and had we known we would have used a harness instead. There is a mix of sun and shady areas and 2 streams you have to cross. One at the beginning and the second about 2 miles in. Bring lots of water for you and your pups as it gets hot in many areas. From a social distancing perspective, we passed 3 groups on the trail. Once we got to the Devils Chair we came in contact with more people hiking from the other way in, probably another 4-5 groups.

Didn’t get the full trail downloaded before we started, but I think we stayed on track for the most part till the end. Wide open trail, only 10 other people the whole time. Made it to the junction about 2.3 miles in, which I think was a spur of the PCT, but I might be wrong. Plenty of shade on & off as you go, pretty view of the lake about .5M in. I’d definitely do again.

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bugs
8 days ago

Punchbowl is open for business. Just completed the chair. Fun hike path is clear bring water since it’s warming up

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bugs
9 days ago

The trail is in great shape It is getting warmer so bring at least 2 liters of water. Also bring a mask so when you pass people on the trail you can cover up. Bugs were out in force.

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rocky
11 days ago

Trail is open and parking lot is open. Absolutely beautiful hike today. I would say it’s moderate, not hard. If you take kids maybe just do the loop, not the whole hike to the chair. There are some areas that are narrow and a little washed out. Put on some bug spray

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rocky
scramble
14 days ago

It was a little farther than 5.5 miles round trip more like 6.5 and it was a fun challenge but it can be hard if u don’t like walking on the side of cliffs and try to avoid on a hot day or go before sunrise because it can get very hot

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20 days ago

Does anyone know if this is still currently closed due to COVID? It is not listed on the Angeles National Forest website as one of the closed trails but since it’s a 1.5 hour drive for me, I want to be sure. Thank you!!

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21 days ago

Great trail, I took the 15 to 138 and making that left hand turn on the 2 (with the cafe on the right). I drove the 2 as far as it would let me then you hit a road closure, everyone’s parked there. Hiked the road down pass inspiration outlook, in about 5 miles you’ll hit Vincent Gulch (Parking lot). Took the normal big horn mine trail from there out! There was a nice little water flow at the mine building itself. Definitely worth the extra mileage down!

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icy
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snow
22 days ago

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23 days ago

(May 2, 2020) Road was closed so started at Jackson Lake TH. The trail from Jack Lake TH to PCT JCT (~3.5 miles with 900' gain) (TH for Baden Powell) is really nice. I did the ridge from BP to Mt Hawkins dropped down South Fork Big Pine Creek hoofed to BP TH and back over to car at Jackson Lake TH. Top 1/3 of BP still had snow, bottom 2/3s on and off snow piles. Ridge to Mt Hawkins had snow but enough was melted off along the sides (if you are uncomfortable walking on snow). North side of Mt Hawkins had solid snow enough to easily get down to the Hwy 2. I did Waterman Mtn and Twin Pk on May 8, 2020 and from the looks of it no visible snow along ridge from Throop Pk all the way to South Hawkins, no visible snow along ridge from Smith Mtn to Mt Islip and no visible snow above Windy Gap ridge to Mt Hawkins. Most of the snow on northwest face of Mt Hawkins seemed to have melted ..melting off fast. I could not see the ridge going from Islip down to Windy Gap (probably mostly melted off)

I was coming from Upland, so i took 15 to 138, please pay attention, i made a left turn on the road by the Cafe that’s on your right side. Keep them eyes open. The map will tell you to go another way. The road was closed at the beginning of the 2fwy (due to COVID 19), but it didn’t stop us and that’s where you park. No overnight parking tho. Hike was a strenuous 13.8 miles. It’s a 5 hard miles to get to the trail, you’ll pass inspiration point, and the hike itself is 2miles. There’s restrooms in the beginning of the hike. Hike starts to the left, “Gulch Mine” route. 2miles back, 5 miles back is more difficult because it’s all uphill. Please be careful, smart n come prepared with snacks n light gear. Start early or no later than 1-2pm, that way you can catch sunset at inspiration point. Right now this hike is for advanced hikers only Or wait til they reopen the road, normally the hike is an easy 4miles vs 14 miles. Cal-trans workers were cool, they waved at us. We didn’t see police/sheriffs patrolling the area. Be safe and stay healthy and screen shot my directions. I pay for AllTrails and i couldn’t get it to work. Msg me if you have any questions at IG: thesophiagonzalez

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off trail
snow
25 days ago

This review was for our summit hike Sunday April 26th. The 2 highway was still closed so we parked at 8:30 am close to Big Creek Rd over by the Forestry Conservatory/Prison. From here, it’s about 1.9-2.0 miles up Big Creek fire road to the Vincent Gap trailhead. The switchbacks were present for about 500 ft of elevation gain and then the snow forced us to go off trail. With gaiters and micro spikes we were able to cut straight up the 50+ switch backs pretty quickly and make the summit by 3:00 pm (about 6.5 hours). Heading down was a fun combo of glissading and big steps to make the steep descent in the 3 ft of snow. Temps were surprisingly warm, almost 70 degrees at the summit. Unless one last big storm hits SoCal, my guess is in the next two weeks 80% of the snow will be gone. Great little training hike; beautiful mountain. From the summit we could clearly see Gorgonio, Baldy and Jacinto.

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