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The spectacular views make this trail one of the most popular for those prepared for a steep hike. The trailhead is located on the western edge of the Smith River NRA.

The Devil's Punchbowl Trail is steep with many switchbacks; however, it can be enjoyed by the average hiker at slow pace. The two picturesque lakes and spectacular views of surrounding mountain peaks and valleys make this popular among more experienced hikers. No camping is possible at trail end; camp at Trout Camp at the Doe Flat-Clear Creek junction.

Directions: From Crescent City, Take Hwy. 101 to the junction with Hwy. 199. Go east on 199 ten miles past the Visitor Center to mile post 24.85. Turn right at Forest Service Road 16 (also called FS 17No5), and stay on the paved road for about ten miles to the intersection with Forest Service Road 16N02, turn left and continue about five miles. The road ends at the Doe Flat trailhead, follow Doe Flat Trail 2.5 miles to the Devil's Punchbowl trail junction.

Elevation: 3,300 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,840 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,540 feet

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Six Rivers National Forest, California

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