Devil's Punchbowl Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lake with emerald colored water, shrubs and a tree in foreground, and rocky peaks in background.

The Devil’s Punchbowl Trail is steep with many switchbacks; however, it can be enjoyed by the average hiker at a slow, steady pace. Two picturesque lakes and spectacular views of surrounding mountain peaks and valleys make this hike popular among more experienced hikers. No camping is possible at trail end; camp at Trout Camp at the Doe Flat/Clear Creek junction.

This trail is on the Klamath National Forest.

Difficulty; very steep
Trailhead elevation: 3300'
Trail end elevation: 4840'
Trail mileage: 4.4 (3.2 miles on Doe Flat Trail; 1.2 miles on Devil's Punchbowl Trail)

The Doe Flat Trail was rerouted in 2006; see link to map below.

Map of 2005 Reroute of Doe Flat Trail - PDF

Smith River NRA Trail Report - Doe Flat, Buck Lake, & Devil's Punchbowl Trails, 7-2014 - PDF

Doe Flat Trail Report (Punchbowl & Trout Camp) 8-28 to 8-31-14 - Word

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.

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