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Devil's Punchbowl Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4)

This trail skirts the southern edge of Devil's Punchbowl Canyon featuring rolling then steep terrain


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5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

88%

Runnable

5,306' 1,617 m

High

4,539' 1,383 m

Low

526' 160 m

Up

1,232' 375 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

Much of this route is runnable, but you'll want to use caution descending into the canyon.

Description

After splitting from the Burkhart Trail, the Devil's Punchbowl Trail follows the southern edge of the Devil's Punchbowl Canyon for a couple of miles. This portion of the trail is gently rolling, but mostly flat. You'll be navigating a ridgetop, so take in the incredible views and the breeze that your vantage point affords.

After a few miles of this gentle terrain, the trail begins descending a series of switchbacks that lead part way into the canyon. The trail continues to the east, passing the Devil's Chair Spur (which heads slightly northwest) and descending into Holcomb Creek Canyon. From here, the trail starts heading up a series of switchbacks to get over a ridge before dropping into the South Fork Campground, where the trail comes to an end.

Some visitors will want to park another car at the South Fork Campground, but your other alternative is to simply return the way that you came.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Ethridge

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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  4.3 from 4 votes
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#852

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#8,783

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Photos

The rock formations of Devil's Punchbowl are always a sight to see.
Jan 11, 2017 near Piñon H…, CA
This is the Devil's Chair (highest white peak) as seen from the trail.
Jan 11, 2017 near Piñon H…, CA

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