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Punch Bowl Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree, 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (Greystone Books).
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