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Devil's Punchbowl Trail

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A steep and rocky scramble to the crown jewel of the Siskiyou Wilderness.


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1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

72%

Runnable

4,758' 1,450 m

High

4,046' 1,233 m

Low

838' 255 m

Up

126' 38 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

66%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Inaccessible in winter months.

Runner Notes

Devil's Punchbowl can only be scrambled and not run, but the beautiful lake is a great reason to run the Doe Flat Trail and climb up the punchbowl scramble.

Description

Expect to scramble up this incredibly steep and rocky trail to Devil's Punchbowl, a stunning glacial cirque known as the crown jewel of the Siskiyou Wilderness. The turnoff from Doe Flat Trail after 2.8 miles is easy to miss; if you start on the switchbacks you've gone too far. The trail gains 1,300 feet in elevation over just over a mile. Camping and fires are discouraged at the lake due to minimum flat space and firewood and the sensitive alpine ecosystem.

Flora & Fauna

Incredible diversity of conifer species, many kinds of berries, hawks, and eagles.

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Shared By:

Dara Zimmerman

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