Devil's Punchbowl Trail is a 10.6 mile out and back trail located near Happy Camp, CA and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Did this hike mid September,well worth the pain suffered over the last couple of miles. Had the lake to ourselves.
Hiked this trail several years ago wasn't ready for it but the end was very worth it
Finished this trail last year. Extremely hard trail. Best bet is to not hike here during extreme heat. Had to carry my wife on back about quarter of the way back. If you like hard hikes, this is for you! Had a blast on the trail though. Definitely tough!
Just over 5 miles in. Sounds easy, right? Think again. Very rewarding hike with some devilish switchbacks and some scary shale scaling over cliffs, with in officially stacked rock trail markers. Refreshing and beautifully cool deep blue lake at the end of this trail. Slept under the stars for 2 nights before heading home. Great experience. Would definitely do again and again.
Amazing trail! The tough switchbacks at the end make the prize worthwhile when you get to give yourself a well earned dunk in the punchbowl on a hot day.
Careful and pay attention to the signs, as the trail has changed since the maps were made.
Possibly the best backpacking trail in del norte county. The trail head is not open during the winter but mid spring to late fall is usually clear of snow. The hike itself is 5 miles of moderate hiking with a strenuous switchback section about 3 miles in. After leaving the wooded area look for stacked rocks to locate the trail at about mile 4. The lake features 3-5 camp sites and usually has a few parties camping during the summer months.