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Location: Los Angeles County, about 9 miles south of Pearblossom, 49 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Angeles National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Juniper Hills 7½, Waterman Mountain 7½, Valyermo 7½, Crystal Lake 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Pleasant View Ridge, Will Thrall Peak, Mount Williamson
- Distance: 15.5 miles round trip on trail and steep use trail
- Gain: 4600' total, 3800' out plus 800' on return
- Time: 7-9 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Moderate
Original: Charlie Knapke, September 1996
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- Take the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR 14) northeast toward Palmdale.
Get off at the Angeles Forest Highway/Pearblossom Highway.
- Go 4.5 miles northeast and then east on Pearblossom Highway to
the intersection with SR 138.
- Turn right and drive 9 miles to Longview Road (N6) (shown as
131st Street on the 7.5 minute topos) in the town of Pearblossom,
where a sign "Devils Punchbowl" points to the right. Turn right
(south) onto N6. Note your odometer and proceed as follows:
- At 2.0 miles, junction with Fort Tejon Road. Turn left.
- At 2.5 miles, junction with Longview Road (N6) (shown as 13st
Street on the 7.5 minute topos). Turn right.
- At 4.5 miles, signed junction marked "Lewis Ranch" and "Devils
Punchbowl" on the left. Turn left.
- Drive 3 miles farther to a parking lot at the end of the road
Punchbowl Nature Center. Park in the parking lot. (At
the time of this revision, there is no fee.)
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From your parking spot (4760'), walk to the signed beginning of
the Burkhart Trail next to the portable toilet.
- Proceed onto the trail, which swings southwest past a large, green
water tank to a trail junction at about 0.7 mile.
- Take the right (west) fork, which reads "Burkhart Saddle 6.2 miles".
- After 2 miles the trail descends steeply to a junction with a dirt
road. Turn left (south) on this road, signed "Burkhart Saddle 3.7 miles".
- The road passes a windmill high above Cruthers Creek and then descends
into the canyon, where you follow a wide trail alignment that heads
uphill on the right immediately after crossing the creekbed (4600').
- Ascend the trail for 3.4 miles to Burkhart Saddle (6959').
- Hike about 0.5 mile east up a steep use trail to the summit.
(Will Thrall Peak
can be reached by turning west at Burkhart Saddle and
climbing a steep use trail about 0.5 mile to the summit.)