Punch Bowl

Hope, British Columbia

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This is a trip into British Columbia’s colourful past. The hike follows the Dewdney Trail, a horse trail, to Snass Forks; branches off onto the hiker only Whatcom Trail, which takes you up the east fork of Snass Creek and over Punch Bowl Pass; drops down to the Punch Bowl (the headwaters of the Tulameen River) to Paradise Meadows; reconnects there with the Whatcom Trail, on which you descend the north fork of Snass Creek to your start. The counter-clockwise loop gives you your elevation gain early in the day, with the long gradual descent on the return. It is a long day trip so, if you decide not to make it an overnighter, you have to keep moving. There are camping spots on the meadow just beyond the pass or at the north end of the Punch Bowl. Although the trip starts in Manning Provincial Park, 95 per cent of it is outside the park boundaries in the Cascade Recreation Area.

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"This is a trip into British Columbia’s colourful past. The hike follows the Dewdney Trail, a horse trail, to Snass Forks; branches off onto the hiker only Whatcom Trail, which takes you up the east fork of Snass Creek and over Punch Bowl Pass; drops down to the Punch Bowl (the headwaters of the Tulameen River) to Paradise Meadows; reconnects there with the Whatcom Trail, on which you descend the north fork of Snass Creek to your start.

The counter-clockwise loop gives you your elevation gain early in the day, with the long gradual descent on the return. It is a long day trip so, if you decide not to make it an overnighter, you have to keep moving. There are camping spots on the meadow just beyond the pass or at the north end of the Punch Bowl. Although the trip starts in Manning Provincial Park, 95 per cent of it is outside the park boundaries in the Cascade Recreation Area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hope
Distance: 19
Elevation Gain: 3,350 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 10 hours
Season: Best July to September
Local Contacts: Manning Provincial Park
Local Maps: 92H/03 Skagit River, 92H/06 Hope, 92H/07 Princeton
Driving Directions: Directions to Punch Bowl

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May 2018