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Santa Paula Canyon Falls / Punch Bowls

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Rains have brought some gnarly greenness

Park carefully and take the proper road up to the Falls. There are some climbs that you'll need to... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Santa Paula, CA
Good Hike with a bonus

This is a 3h back and forth hike to a secluded waterfall dripping in a bowl of water, which is the... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2015
Carlos T
Santa Paula, California
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14 Aug 2017
“Impressive Southern CA Hike ”
1 Jul 2017
“Fun hike to a beautiful destination”
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Visited this weekend mid August and there was still water in all three punch bowls and the river. The water was really clear, punch bowl 1 and three have great swimming holes. Punch bowl three has a rock made slide and some areas to jump....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Ership
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We had fun finding our path getting the punchbowls. Good length hike, with great ending to rest at the punchbowls and have a snack or lunch there and a dip in the fresh water!beautiful scenery. Don't forget to hike above the first big fall too....More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank stepanam
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Park carefully and take the proper road up to the Falls. There are some climbs that you'll need to huff and puff on. Water, walking stick, snack, and good shoes must be part of this. Gee! I saw girls in flip flops-and you wonder why....More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank bugnurse56
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Be careful when you park. Lots of thieves hang out in the parking lot waiting for victims. Better to get dropped off .

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank bree m
Reviewed 12 April 2016

I can tell "back in the day" this was a beautiful hike and wonderful swimming. Not so now: my friend and I collected a full size garbage bag that was left along the trail and filled it with garbage left by previous hikers. We didn't...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Kathy R
Reviewed 12 February 2016

The hike is easy enough that most anyone can do it but hard enough that your sweating, out of breath, and oh so ready for a cool dip. The hike is beautiful as switch back and forth across the creek. And when you arrive you...More

Date of experience: May 2015
2  Thank 954phil
Reviewed 2 September 2015

A once great hike has been ruined and marred by the losers who graffiti and throw trash everywhere. It has gotten so bad that I don't feel safe running up there anymore. And the parking lot is definitely not a safe place to leave your...More

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank Joe G
Reviewed 30 May 2015

This is a 3h back and forth hike to a secluded waterfall dripping in a bowl of water, which is the favorite place for local heroes to jump and injure their necks and backs. Alternatively, you can dip in. The hike starts at the St....More

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Carlos T
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Hard hike and dangerous to jump into the pool. There have been 7 or 8 people killed in the last 30 years. Numerous people that have had to be rescued from injuries. This is for young people that are dumb enough to think nothing will...More

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank Dale1930
Reviewed 13 March 2015 via mobile

Did this trek with a friend from Los Angeles who was up for the day. The scenery was lovely but the trail was a disaster. It had washed away in some places and was overgrown in others. Some local group needs to adopt!

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank CarmichaelVentura
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20 August 2016|
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Response from Blue-Danish |
Ahhhhh, please excuse me Falicia A but if you tap the map just to the right of the title, "Santa Paula CA," under the section, 'Attraction Information', You'll see the location referred to is just East of Portland, OR. I... More