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    Damn, I hate California (the prequel, Devil's Punchbowl pics) ...

    So to continue on the California trip. Previous threads...

    Anyone going to Coachella? Also looking for LA rides...

    Damn, I hate California (with pics, part 1) ...

    This was actually a few days before my Santa Monicas ride but I had fewer pics that day. These are all from the Devil's Punchbowl about an hour and a half drive from downtown LA just the other side of the mountains up in the high desert. Even the drive up is gorgeous with Joshua tress and still snow on the peaks at the end of April...




    I was completely blown away but this is still LA (county)...




    The Devil's Punchbowl is a Los Angeles county park. The "punchbowl" is a rock formation turned up by the crush zone of the San Andreas fault. I did the 1 mile hike down and around the rocks. Here's a panorama from the end of the trail...




    The ride started up Burkhart's trail and I stayed on this as far as I could go...




    The ride goes through a few different zones, some pine, some chaparral, to a bit more alpine sections as trail makes it up toward the top. Some nice sidehill singletrack...




    Just some freakish huge pinecones...




    Awesome views of the punchbowl rocks and the high desert...




    I wasn't too thrilled when the trail started switchbacking down because I knew that I would just have to make up the elevation on the way back up. It ended up down at a creek crossing...




    Then the ride started back up through a medow...




    It was an absolutely beautiful day (and it was raining back home in NC... he he he). This was a solo ride but here I am posing for the camera...




    Looking back down at the switchbacks before the creek...




    More poseur action going up...




    They don't call these things mountain bikes for nothing...




    "This is pure rock! Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?"




    Getting close to the snow...




    So I made it just past the spring before the snow completely covered the trail. This is where I turned around...




    This was a great spot to huck. I would have done it but I had my XC bike.




    Poseur shot going down...




    Evidence that newbies were here...




    When I got back down and up and over, I headed over to the Devil's Chair overlook. Here's a shot from the trail on the way over to the chair...




    And one last crappy pano from the Devil's Chair...



    HUGE thanks to Hollywood and pacman for the suggestion on the Punchbowl. It was an awesome day. Overall a great trip. I'm so glad I brought the bike.

    If anyone wants to see any Saturday Coachella pics (I missed Sunday though), let me know. Otherwise, I'll keep it on topic.
    Long Live Long Rides

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    Stiff upper lip

    Excellent photos even though you had to suffer being in Caleeeforneeay.

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    ... and if we just ... Nothing wrong with.......

    Caleeeforneeay!
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    Excellent photos even though you had to suffer being in Caleeeforneeay.

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    nice story.....GREAT PICS
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Cool pix thanks for sharin. It's always good to get out of your own backyard and experience something new.
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    great pics Chris. what a change from pisgah....which sucks as we all know.

    looks like it was a great trip.

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    pinecones

    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Just some freakish huge pinecones...


    Widowmaker Pines. Nice Better Off Dead reference.

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    Good job! good stuff!

    glad you were able to pack so much good stuff in to your trip. Rides and Coachella...tough combo to beat. Kinda like steak and a BJ. Well, kinda.

    Great pics of Punchbowl - makes me want to head right back there (about 30 min. drive from the house).

    Any Coachella faves or standout performances? I would have been there too but was on the road to Fruita.


    Jeff

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    that must be where mount baldy is huh?

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    Wow... 70's flashback

    I backpacked around that area a few times back in the 70's and actually swear that we did see some things in the night sky that we just could not logically explain (I will not elaborate any further about them so as not to put my sanity in question).

    Nice area in the springtime.

    And don't be hollerin' about how close all this stuff is to downtown L.A.

    Baldy is further east quite a ways.

    Great ride pics for a solo adventure. Fun to do sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj
    And don't be hollerin' about how close all this stuff is to downtown L.A.

    Honestly, 1.5 hours is pretty optimistic (ideal conditions). With normal LA traffic, that could EASILY be two to three times that. Or more. With no lift service or road access to the top, I doubt it's going to be a real popular destination anyway. If you just wanted to see the rock formations, the Vasquez Rocks are similar and more convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    Great pics of Punchbowl - makes me want to head right back there (about 30 min. drive from the house).
    You must either drive a rocketship, or live in the High Desert.

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