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dblack Devil's Punchbowl Trail

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1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
72% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 838' 255 m
Descent: -126' -38 m
High: 4,758' 1,450 m
Low: 4,046' 1,233 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 66% (34°)

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Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

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

Dara Zimmerman

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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