I’d been waiting for cooler weather to see the geological oddity known as The Devil’s Punchbowl. I’ve seen this otherworldly looking spectacle many times from high up in the mountains, but this was the first time we got down in it to explore. This hike was super fun! We first trekked out to the Devil’s Chair on a beautiful trail that takes you through the transition zone from desert to subalpine. You’re surrounded by manzanita, pinon pines, mountain mahogany and basin sagebrush. The final descent to the chair leads you out on a rocky ledge that overlooks the punchbowl. It’s fenced in so you don’t have to worry about falling off which is a definite plus. After enjoying the views from the chair, we hiked back to do the punchbowl loop which dips you down right into it so you can explore all the weird rock formations. It was a 9.2 mile day and perfect weather. Afterwards, we stopped at the Nature Center and checked out some of the snakes, insects, and got to see a scorpion glow in the dark. They even have two resident owls, Squint and Ruth. After the hike, we stopped for BBQ and funnel cake at Charlie Brown Farms, a unique roadside attraction and gift shop where you can get anything from Deep Fried Snickers Bars to mouth-watering BBQ (I had the pulled pork with cowboy beans) and all kinds of vintage candy, toys, knick knacks, etc. Definitely worth checking out if you’re ever up in Pearblossom. We had a blast! It was a terrific day!