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Elevation: 4,440'
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The South Area of the Devilís Punchbowl consists of several long sandstone slabs arranged on a hillside, facing north. This area sits in a valley to the south of and about 300í below the parking lot. A creek graces this area in the winter and spring, flowing down out of the San Gabriel Mountains, along the base of the climbing walls. The preeminent wall in this area is Very Direct (VD) wall. It features by far the most routes and sits in front of the other walls. The sandstone in the South Area tends to be more homogenous than what is found in the North Area, lending well to fine smearing and not a lot of aggregate rock. It is also in this southern part of the park where most of the moderate climbing is found. Since the walls are predominantly north-facing, the South Area is best for climbing on warm days. It can get very hot in summer.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, take the trail at the south side (to the left of the Burkhart Horse Trail sign). Follow this trail a short distance to a fork. Take the left fork over to a nice lookout of the southern valley. From here, follow the trail down on the right, into the valley. The trail will switch back to the left and continue east to the bottom of the valley, with several small turns and switchbacks. Once you encounter the creek, head right. Continue upstream, making a few crossings along the way, until you reach the base of a large sandstone slab. This is Very Direct (VD) wall. Allow about 10 minutes hiking from the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

24 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South area:
Water Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 50'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Slot Machine   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Rurp Rip-off   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Tree Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Velcro   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Overhanger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Taboo   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Behind the Scenes
Lower Bolt Route   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Spike the Punch   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   VD (Very Direct) Wall
Arched Demon   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   VD (Very Direct) Wall
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Featured Route For South area
Erik Wolfe moving through the roof section of Lowe...

Lower Bolt Route 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : High Desert : ... : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Climb a techy slab to a perplexing crux below a bulge (crux is harder if you are short). Continue through the overlap and onto the steep headwall above. Sustained 5.10 climbing with great variety make this climb outstanding....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of South area Slideshow Add Photo
Climbers above the cave on VD wall.
Climbers above the cave on VD wall.
The climbing slabs of the South area.
The climbing slabs of the South area.
This is the trailhead for the South area.
BETA PHOTO: This is the trailhead for the South area.
Cooling off in the creek.
Cooling off in the creek.

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