Warm temperatures are here to stay for at least a while longer. And while you can always cool down at a local pool or beach, sometimes it’s a little more fun to get out of town. Why not check out somewhere like the Devil’s Punchbowl?

The Punchbowl isn’t as ominous as it sounds but it is located in Crescent Lake. The lake certainly has its spooky tales like its lady of the lake but it’s also a crown gem of our state. With crystal clear blue waters that are nearly 600 feet deep, it’s pretty hard to beat.

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The Devil’s Punchbowl is a 2.4-mile out-and-back trail along the Spruce Railroad Trail or the Lake Crescent Trail, whichever name you prefer. As you walk down the trail you’ll come along the Punchbowl, a small, protected cove of still and deep water. There’s also a footbridge that crosses the lake in front of the Punchbowl, providing a great spot to take in the view.

The trail is open year-round but if you plan on taking a dip, summer is the best time to visit. That being said, while the air outside may be warm, the water will not be. Before you take the plunge be sure to test the water to ensure you can handle how cold it is. Or better yet, wear a life jacket.

Keep in mind you do need to pay a $15-$30 fee to enter Olympic National Park. However, if you have the annual or lifetime America the Beautiful Pass, the park is free to visit.

Devil’s Punchbowl

Where: Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park
Cost: $15-$30

Information on Devil’s Punchbowl is from the National Parks Service and AllTrails and is accurate as of publication date.