Celebrated Thanksgiving with this hike, a two hour drive from home. This park sits right on the San Andreas fault and is known for its crazy rocks. I felt a little unsettled all day. Everything is a bit different than I am used to – the pine covered mountains, the altitude and, most noticeable, the steeper drop offs from the side of the trail. I started out on the wrong trail as well, which was confusing (Don’t take Burkhart Horse Trail). I finally got it worked out and enjoyed the rest of the day. First I hiked to Devil’s Chair, a narrow, fenced-in ridge high above the Punchbowl with amazing views. I also made sure to include Devil’s Punchbowl loop, a mile long trail that takes you close to these oddly shaped boulders and walls of stone.
Beautiful manzanitas in this area
After about a mile I came to a sign pointing me to Devil’s Chair. There are markers every half mile, starting on Burkhart Trail, all the way to Devil’s Chair.
I make my approach. Although the metal is kind of rusty and the ridge has crumbled away from the fence in a couple of areas, I felt pretty safe. But the drop is extreme, as seen in the photo 4.
Photo 1 – View to the right Photo 2 – Looking back at Devil’s Chair and Punchbowl as I started the journey back.
Photo 1 – On my way back – deer I presume? Photo 3 – Neapolitan Rock
When I arrived back at the parking area I unloaded a lot of gear and headed out to tackle the loop trail. I passed an enclosure to find three charming, rescued owls living here at the park’s nature center.