schofield pass (the road the punchbowls are on) is an extreme 4 wheel drive adventure. the crux move on the road is on the road directly above the punchbowls, where the road narrows to 7-8ft across and goes over a slanted rock that wants to roll you off the cliff. below the punchbowls, before Crystal City, there was an accident in 1970 that claimed 12 lives, and in 1998ish there was another accident in almost the same spot that killed like 6 people. I saw the wreckage from the second one, and there wasnt much left. Use caution if youre driving in that area.
as far as creeking goes, the punchbowls both go, as do some of the creek above that. has anyone been on the river from the punchbowls to crystal city? id imagine it to be fairly consistent steeeeep creekin but most of that distance trees block views of the river, so its hard to see from the road. anyone been down in there to scout? a longer south fork of the crystal would be an awesome compliment to the already steep creek runs in that area (NF Crystal, Crystal Gorge, Yule)