Devils Punch Bowl Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Otter Rock, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.2 miElevation gain98 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlystroller friendlyWalkingBeachPartially pavedViews
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Explore this geological formation caused when two caves collapsed. Surfers and surf watchers energize this area. During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes a violent brew. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action. The park is a popular whale watching site and displays an intriguing geology. This is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline. Don't forget to explore the tidepools. Devil's Punch Bowl offers beach access and opportunities for picnicking, hiking, exploring the shoreline, and viewing scenery

Drive 8 miles north of Newport on Hwy 101 to the Devil's Punchbowl State Scenic Area turnoff. Then follow the signs to the parking area.

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Hiking

This trail doesn’t loop. Incorrect information on map. The trail doesn’t go over the fence onto the rocks. Oyster Catcher birds nest on the rocks and the public shouldn’t bother birds or the endangered birds won’t nest.

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Mark San
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Vít Dvořák
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Walking

Easy, not that spectacular as expected but cool place for and afternoon walk.

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Ms. Campbell
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Walking

Great little walk. There seems to be confusion about the beach part of the trail. Which has tide pools and a cool mini archway view. If you don’t want to walk down the sand you can take a small wooded path at 4th and B turn left at the end and left past the pool and take stairs down to the beach.

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Rebecca Cheatham
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Hiking

part of the trail to the beach is gone so you have to scale a sand dune, fairly slick so be careful

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Heidi McKay
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Hiking

Check tide, it was so high in January we couldn’t make it down to the beach anywhere.

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Tanja Olson
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Hiking

Hike at low tide to walk on the beach to the Punch Bowl but hike at high tide to see the water spraying out of the hole. Eroded areas are easily skirted on the grass. Restrooms are open in the first parking lot. Paved path.

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R. Lewis
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Hazel Nituob
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Johnna Cacace
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The view from the trailhead is beautiful, lots of surfers out as well. Unfortunately the trail is closed due to underground erosion.

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Milton O'Malley
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Holly Mowery
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Popular trail to see the top of DPB. This trail is not closed despite previous reviews. Only a small section is, but you easily can get around it. If (preferred) you want to experience it from the inside, you need to watch for the low tide schedule. Also, it's easier to access by parking at Otter Crescent Beach (Off C Ave) access and going down to the beach. This is thru a neighborhood but is open to the public. It's rocky and not for strollers or those with mobility issues. It's absolutely worth it and better than the popular top view.

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Brittany Medrano
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Did not get to go on trail. It’s closed due to underground erosion. Sitting in my car right after going to it. It’s a beautiful beach and sights but just wish I could have gone down there. :(

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Tana Harrison
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HikingGreat!
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Nugget Lotto
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Arg Ric
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I wanted to explore the punch bowl during low tide I asked a surfer how to get there and he told me to go down a trail (a lot of stairs!!) that did not lead to the punchbowl at all. The next day I figured it out, If you’re trying to get to the punchbowl, walk north on “C” Avenue until you see the trail head on your left go down the paved trail (which at the end is unpaved and steep). and turn left and keep going until you are in the punchbowl it’s amazing and beautiful so peaceful on a weekday morning nobody was there and the mist and fog gave it a spiritual feel. The trail to the beach is difficult at the end I wouldn’t take the elderly or anyone with balance or knee issues. Once you’re almost to the punchbowl, You have to climb on some rocks and you have to step up pretty high but I had a hiking partner who helped support me by holding my hand so I could make sure my foot was steady and not slipping so I didn’t have to jump off the rock. It’s not too hard but expect a little climbing on slightly slippery things and stepping around barnacles and uneven rocks once you’re in the punchbowl the rocks are a little hard to navigate but the experience is amazing. Also, it is recommended to go inside when the tide is at a negative low.

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Amy Lee
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Very cool spot to stop at. There are picnic tables nearby so can be a scenic place to have lunch with an ocean view. Downside is that it was extremely crowded when we went on Saturday afternoon with maybe only 50% people wearing masks.

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Brianna Vicars
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super neat at Low tide!

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Miranda Riley
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check the tide schedules so you can go down, but wow stunning sight!!!!

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Clisby White
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Had no idea I would actually be able to get down into it until I was standing at the top and saw people walking below. Found my way down and spent quite a while inside taking photos. Luckily there weren't a lot of people there that day so the photos turned out great. Keep in mind the tide schedule cause you'll be wading through water to get back to the beach if you aren't careful. Beautiful area!

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Destiny Bultena
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Nice short scenic walk! Don’t forget to walk all the way around- we almost missed what we were there for/devils punch bowl due to construction and a little portion of the pavement being worked on.

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Megan Schroeder
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A very cool place to explore when driving down the 101. We saw some awesome tide pools and just walked along all the rocks. Very cool and worth the stop!

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Denae Lambert
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Such a beautiful and easy quick hike. Lots to explore and my 8 year old daughter found it very fun and not at all difficult.

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Mario Nava
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Beautiful

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L A
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Trail now opened as of 6/16.

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Krissy Osborne
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Hiking

I can't seem to find the right trail that leads DOWN to the punchbowl instead of above it. There werr still some beautiful views.

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Taryn Abarta
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