Waterfall along the hike to Devil’s Punchbowl

Skagway is a small, touristy town in southeastern Alaska. It is a popular port for cruises to Alaska and can get a little overrun with tourists during the summer. While the most popular excursion visitors to Skagway take is a trip on the White Pass Scenic Railway, Skagway is also home to Klondike Gold Rush National Park and has hiking trails that start from the edge of town. One of those hikes is up to Devil’s Punchbowl, an 8.5 mile hike that involves an elevation gain of 3,700 feet. The middle third of the hike in particular is incredibly steep, perhaps the steepest extended stretch of trail I have hiked on. But the view from the top is well worth the effort. The trail follows a creek during the steep portion of the hike and the terrain is so steep that the creek is essentially one waterfall after another. This photo is of one of those waterfalls.

to Devil's Punchbowl just outside Skagway, Alaska.

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