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WILDERNESS RETREAT PUNCHBOWL AN EXPANSE OF RUGGED LAND.



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PEARBLOSSOM - With an elevation ranging from 4,200 feet to 6,500 feet above sea level, the 1,310-acre Devil's Punchbowl Punchbowl, hill, 500 ft (152 m) high, in the city of Honolulu, SE Oahu island, Hawaii. In the bowllike extinct volcanic crater at the summit (reached by a scenic drive) is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, for those killed in World War II.  is home to rugged wilderness and some of the most unusual rock formations in California.

Also in the park is the Nature Center, where visitors can view animals native to the Antelope Valley.

``We have several birds of prey - a red-tailed hawk, a great horned owl great horned owl

Horned owl species (Bubo virginianus) that ranges from Arctic tree limits south to the Strait of Magellan. A powerful, mottled-brown predator, it is often more than 2 ft (60 cm) long, with a wingspan often approaching 80 in. (200 cm).
, a screech owl and an American kestrel kestrel

Any of several birds of prey (genus Falco) known for hovering while hunting. Kestrels prey on large insects, birds, and small mammals. The male is more colourful than the female. Kestrels are mainly Old World birds, but one species, the American kestrel (F.
, which is a type of falcon - and a variety of snakes - rattlesnakes, gopher and king snakes and a desert hairy scorpion Desert hairy scorpion can refer to the following scorpion species in the genus Hadrurus:
  • Giant desert hairy scorpion (H. arizonensis)
  • Northern desert hairy scorpion (H. spadix)
,'' said Joe Lennox, a recreational services leader.

Roughly 30,000 people visit the park every year, Lennox said, and more than 2,000 nature enthusiasts and hikers have come in the past month.

People also can hike with rangers or ride a horse on one of the picturesque trails. There are geology walks, live reptile programs and a natural history museum.

Other activities include rock climbing rock climbing Sports medicine An 'extreme sport' in which the participant climbs rock formations, with or without ropes Injury risk Fractures, abrasions, death. See Extreme sports. , campfire programs, bird- watching, picnicking and a junior ranger program. School and group tours are available by reservation.

The park, at 28000 Devil's Punchbowl Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is free.

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2 photos

Photo:

(1 -- color) John Divins of Palmdale points out features of the Devil's Punchbowl to his son, Braydon, 7; daughter, Baylee, 3; and his mother, Marina Divins.

(2 -- color) Tacia Sallvin of the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department explains insects to the Divinses as Braydon looks through a microscope at a horned horned  
adj.
Having a horn, horns, or a hornlike growth.

Adj. 1. horned - having a horn or horns or hornlike parts or horns of a particular kind; "horned viper"; "great horned owl"; "the unicorn--a mythical horned beast";
 beetle.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
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Date:Jul 18, 2001
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