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The Devil's Soup Bowl

soup bowl trailThe trail to the Devil's Soup Bowl is breathtaking.  It makes for a great Michigan day trip.

The hiking trail winds around the bog area at the South end of Deep Lake, continues across open fields and old farm homesteads, and leads to the Devil's Soupbowl where it winds around the little Soupbowl and returns by the trail North of Deep Lake.  The trail starts across from the Yankee Springs Campground.

Mountain Biking - You can't ride into the bowl, the slopes are too steep and no riding trails descend into it. You can ride around the rim of the Devil’s Soup Bowl on the Yankee Springs Deep Lake Trail.  You can hike down into the bowl if you are up for a foot-based adventure. The depth is approximately 100 feet on a steep grade.

What’s a Devil’s Soup Bowl?

The bowl is a huge, glacially carved bowl in the earth that was formed about 10-13,000 years ago.  These formations are actually "kettle" lakes.  A trail winds to the bottom of the formation to provide a unique look at an unusual area.