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Doe Flat Trail

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Length


3.8 Miles 6.1 Kilometers


250' 76 m

Ascent

-1,477' -450 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

4,489' 1,368 m

High

3,261' 994 m

Low

Shared By Dara Zimmerman

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A moderate trail providing access to scenic lakes and the heart of Siskiyou Wilderness.

Dara Zimmerman

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Wildflowers

Not likely to be accessible from approximately November to June due to snow. Call Gasquet Ranger Station for current conditions. Doe Flat Trail is a popular access point for Siskiyou Wilderness, so parking on summer weekends can be challenging or impossible.

Description

The Doe Flat Trail begins going downhill as a former road and connects with Buck Lake Trail, Then becomes singletrack heading toward the Devil's Punchbowl Trail. Buck Lake branches off the Doe Flat Trail at 1.5 miles in, and is a short 0.25 miles to the family-friendly lake with fishing. Devil's Punchbowl is a stunning glacial cirque with a challenging 1-mile long scramble from the Doe Flat Trail intersection at 3.3 miles in. Expect company and do not camp or have a fire at the world-renowned Devil's Punchbowl, probably the most photographed and visited part of the Siskiyou Wilderness. The trail from the Devil's Punchbowl down to Trout Camp on Clear Creek National Recreation Trail is an unrelenting series of steep switchbacks that is often not conveyed well on maps. Siskiyou Wilderness is botanically diverse and the area around Doe Flat Trail offers one of the greatest amounts of conifer species in North America (15 conifers).

Flora & Fauna

Brewer spruce, Alaska cedars, Port Orford cedars, incense cedars, Pacific yew, mountain hemlock, white fir, noble fir, sugar pine, knobcone pine, ponderosa pine, western white pine, Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine, vine maple, Sadler oak, huckleberry oak, juniper

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Bruce Hope
State of Jefferson, OR
Bruce Hope   State of Jefferson, OR
In July 2017, the primary and most passenger car friendly road to the Doe Flat Trailhead was closed by a weather-related road failure. This closure has the road barricaded approximately eight miles south of the junction of Highway 199, and then one mile south just before the junction with FSR 16N02. The Bear Basin Butte area and Doe Flat Trailhead may be accessed by FSR 16N02; however, only high-clearance, 4x4 vehicles are advised. To access the area via FSR 16N02, take the South Fork Road (County Road 427) from the junction with Highway 199 to Big Flat and the junction of FSR 16N02. May 16, 2018

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