Devil’s Punchbowl Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A spectacular stone cathedral surrounding a pair of small lakes in the Siskiyou Wilderness. A difficult but beautiful trek. There’s parking for 15 to 20 cars, plus a vault toilet. Permits are required from the Gasquet Ranger Station for campfires or camp stoves. The little lake basin is almost devoid of trees due to the serpentine rock, so very little firewood is available. The area is home to a plentiful amount of black bears, so make sure to hang your food.
This spectacular cathedral of silver-gray stone surrounds a small emerald lake high in the Siskiyou Wilderness in an eerie, phantasmal landscape polished almost bare by glaciers. Devil’s Punchbowl is one of the most unusual destinations in this guide—or anywhere—but the hike does require some effort. At 9.6 miles and a little more than 2,300 feet of elevation gain, the route isn’t a killer overall."