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Devil's Punchbowl Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,740'
Location: 34.4139, -117.8587 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Devil’s Punchbowl is the hidden gem of Los Angeles County. Nestled into the northern foothills of the San Gabriel mountain range, this county park is blessed with white sandstone strata, pushed skyward by the geologic activity of the San Andreas Fault and other nearby fault lines. These soft slabs are beautiful to see and great to climb. While many do not care for slab climbing, or feel uncomfortable on sandstone, the climbing here presents a variety of style in a beautiful setting where the high desert meets the mountains. Although not a replacement for the sport climbing of the now closed Williamson area, anyone looking for a change from the routine, or needing to work on their slab technique, should give DPB a try. And soft sandstone is very easy on the fingertips! Just remember to always pull down on flakes, never outward. ;-)

The park is open from sunrise to sunset and there are no fees associated. This is a very popular spot for day hikers and nature classes. The County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation department offers many guided hikes and other activities for visitors. Please go to devils-punchbowl.com for more information. Be sure also to check out the live snake collection in the welcome center and say hello to Ruth

Some years ago there was a move to ban climbing in the Punch Bowl. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed. But for the purpose of keeping this wonderful area open to climbing, please be very respectful of the area, obey park rules, use only proper trails, pack out everything that you bring in, and note that no new route development is allowed, and no bolting. If you find bolts in need of replacement, please contact the ASCA, and they can work with the Parks and Rec department of Los Angeles County on our behalf.

Amenities: There are several small markets in Pearblossom for basic supplies, near and on the corner of CA-138 and Longview. There are a couple restaurants nearby these markets, as well as a wider selection in the towns of Little Rock and Palmdale, not far to the west, along the CA-138.

Camping: There are two campgrounds nearby with sites for tents as well as RV’s. Both have toilets and fire pits, one has running water. Both require an Adventure Pass and according to the first link (scroll down to find the campgrounds, listed in alphabetical order), both are free. But according to the second link, South Fork charges $8/night.

Sycamore Flat Campground

South Fork Campground

Getting There 

From the I-15: take the Palmdale/Silverwood Lake exit and drive west on CA-138, (or west on CA-18 if coming from the north – the CA-18 will eventually merge with the CA-138), 30.1 miles to the town of Pearblossom.

From the I-5: take the Palmdale/Lancaster exit and drive north on the CA-14 for 29.7 miles. Take exit #30 (Angeles Forest Hwy/Pearblossom Hwy) and drive 0.3 miles to Sierra Hwy. Turn left on Sierra Hwy and drive 1.2 miles to Pearblossom Hwy. Turn right and continue east for 13.2 miles to the town of Pearblossom.

From Pearblossom: turn south on Longview Rd. At the T intersection (2.2 mi) turn left onto Ft. Tejon Rd. After 0.3 miles, turn right onto Longview Rd. Continue 2.3 miles and turn left onto Tumbleweed Rd. (which turns into Devil’s Punchbowl Rd.) Drive 2.9 miles to the end of the road/parking lot. 28000 Devil's Punchbowl Rd., Pearblossom Ca. 93553

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

56 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',6],['5.10',12],['5.11',20],['5.12',8],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Devil's Punchbowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Devil's Punchbowl:
Water Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 50'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Slot Machine   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Tree Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Rurp Rip-off   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Velcro   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Follower’s Folly   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 180'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Overhanger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Joke Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   North Area : Attitude Wall
Unknown 5.10a/b   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   North Area : Attitude Wall
Taboo   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   South Area : Behind the Scenes
Lower Bolt Route   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Spike the Punch   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Rough Draft   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   North Area : Attitude Wall
Nature Walk   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   North Area : Hidden Wall
Blacklisted   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   North Area : Little Attitude Wall
Pebble Beach   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   North Area : Little Attitude Wall
Rupert The Bear   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Lacking Editude   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   North Area : Attitude Wall
Arched Demon   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Diminishing Returns   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   North Area : Hidden Wall
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Lower Bolt Route 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Arch Demon 5.12R Devils Punchbowl Ca
Arch Demon 5.12R Devils Punchbowl Ca
Rock Climbing Photo: Owen and Savage, and the levitating nut - Punchbow...
Owen and Savage, and the levitating nut - Punchbow...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Point 5.11 Just SW of the Attitude Wall FA J C...
The Point 5.11 Just SW of the Attitude Wall FA J C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Best Seller 5.12a Attitude Wall
Best Seller 5.12a Attitude Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Diminishing Returns 5.12 At the crux..
Diminishing Returns 5.12 At the crux..
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Mike Big Electric Cat.
Big Mike Big Electric Cat.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruth the Barn Owl.
Ruth the Barn Owl.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chad Parker Rap in on Lessonlearned. My First FA.
Chad Parker Rap in on Lessonlearned. My First FA.
Rock Climbing Photo: Erik The Viking Onsite of Lacking Ettitude 12a
Erik The Viking Onsite of Lacking Ettitude 12a
Rock Climbing Photo: Devil's Punchbowl rock formation.
Devil's Punchbowl rock formation.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gorilla Wall 10c
Gorilla Wall 10c
Rock Climbing Photo: Black Listed 11a/b
Black Listed 11a/b
Rock Climbing Photo: Old Anchor. Yikes!
Old Anchor. Yikes!
Rock Climbing Photo: Wow, we made it. Haven't been here in years. Looki...
Wow, we made it. Haven't been here in years. Looki...
Rock Climbing Photo: Devil's Punchbowl.
Devil's Punchbowl.
Rock Climbing Photo: More stuff
BETA PHOTO: More stuff
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock
BETA PHOTO: Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: The Punchbowl proper.
The Punchbowl proper.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back down the aggregate on a beautiful Sun...
Looking back down the aggregate on a beautiful Sun...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north from the top of the Corral.
Looking north from the top of the Corral.
Rock Climbing Photo: The original Guide reportedly drawn by Dennis Clar...
The original Guide reportedly drawn by Dennis Clar...
Rock Climbing Photo: Punchbowl Creek in April.
Punchbowl Creek in April.
Rock Climbing Photo: Formations
BETA PHOTO: Formations
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Mike on Big Electric Cat.
Big Mike on Big Electric Cat.

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By Jeff constine
May 18, 2013
Who ever replaced the second bolt on Followers Folly 5.9, why did you just leave the old bolt? WHY DID YOU TRY, and smash it into the rock with the nut still on it.. Looks like total Noob work. Bad paint job to, it all flaked off.
If you don't know how to pull the old bolts W/out damaging the rock. You have no business Bolting at the punchbowl Period!!!! Stop scaring the rock.. The Ranger is going to get upset..
By Jeff constine
Jul 28, 2013
Hey MaryK, I do Fund all rebolting at the Punchbowl, and other places. outta my pocket, thanks, your comment, seams like you're Ignorant.
By Ally McBeal
Aug 17, 2013
Jeff C, it seems (not seams) this is a case of the kettle calling the pot black. It is often said that it is better to be thought of as ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. You have removed all doubt about your ignorance. Time to call the ASCA.
By Fixius
From: Sherman Oaks, California
Oct 27, 2014
I just climbed at the Punchbowl for the first time, on Very Direct Wall. Most of the bolts are extremely old, and rusted, so I appreciate any new bolt that is put up by Jeff C. He has a lot of experience bolting routes, and has established many first ascents. He may not be the most diplomatic when it comes to posting in forums, but out on the rock, he is anything but ignorant.

As rock climbers, we are all responsible for protecting the rock. It is important for maintaining the beauty of the places we climb, the integrity of the routes, as well as the security of our sport. No one wants a crag to be shut down due to mistreatment. So, It's important to be careful and know what you're doing if you're placing a bolt. It not only scars the rock, but climbers trust that bolt with their lives.

While climbing "Upper Bolt Route," I saw an old, 1/4 bolt, with half a nut rusted onto a dilapidated hanger, and said to myself, "what the hell am I doing here?" I was not falling. That's what I was doing there. Many of the anchors on this wall are rusted, and some chain anchors are linked with a single wrap ring, which isn't redundant. On the whole, I think this place could use a major overhaul.
By Ethan Bridwell 1
From: littlerock CA
Apr 20, 2015
who ever re-bolted that 2 pitch 5.10ish sport climb on the right of vd wall made the hangars look crazy cool fun climb on brand new bolts