SANTA PAULA CANYON PUNCHBOWLS 9 17 11

Awesome day trip for the Los Angeles Swim Crew. This is the one time our coordination efforts worked flawlessly. We met up with the Echo Park Crew, the Ventura heads and the Covina Mob at the gates to St. Thomas Aquinas College. We all cram-jammed in the back of Hippy James’ Tacoma and followed Macgyver’s Jeep to the secret parking spot.

After everyone got their shizz together we hiked out to the punchbowls. We were meeting up with Skorch and Barry McCockiner at the SLIDE HOLE. We hiked past the first few holes to a small rope swing with a camp spot, took a break and a dip. Then we powered through to the slide hole where the rest of the crew was chillen. Tons of people coming and going, saw some fresh spray paint but didn’t catch the guys. We swam, slid, swung and jumped for a couple hours then hiked back to the other holes.

We got to the hole above the falls and jumped in, the water was only 6 feet deep. We stood at the top of the main falls and jumped in, the main hole was 7 feet in the deepest spot, a shame because it is usually 12 feet deep. We spent another hour at the falls jumping and dicking around before we hiked back to the vehicles.

Directions: WARNING YOU WILL GET LOST! From Los Angeles take the 101N to the 126E. Drive 12 miles and exit CA 150/10th street, make a left. Drive 5.8 miles to a dirt parking area in front of the gates to the college. Park and follow designated trail signs through the college. Once you get into the canyon you are pretty much on your own. The trail got washed away a few years back so you will need amazing route finding skills to stay on the path. When all else fails follow the creek upstream. It is 2.1 miles from the orchard to the first falls which will be on the left. Ascend the falls on the right side to get to the hole above them. Follow the trail/creek above the falls for about 40 minutes to get to the slide hole. If you feel adventurous you can hike to Jackson Falls above the slide, but you will be bushwhacking your way for another hour to get there. Please bring tons of water and snax, round trip to the slide and back will take roughly six hours. If you are horrible at route finding please don’t go here.

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