Devils Den Loop Walk

THIS WALK IS DEDICATED TO ALICE ROBB, VERY GOOD  FRIEND TO MY BROTHER ALEX AND TO US, A PERSON WORRIED ABOUT MY OBSESSION WITH THIS DEVILS' DEN.

Part One: Orientation and Past Devils Den Walks

The map on the left shows the route we are taking with a very thick gray line.  

The photo next to it shows the terrain along the old, abandoned, no longer marked T-202, which only exists on this Forest Service map.  It has actually been changed to take a different route to overlook the Devils Den Canyon, but is no longer an official trail into the canyon from the Wilderness Study Area (the lump just to the left of the tree, below, which looks like an anvil on the map at the dividing line between Forest Service (green to the right) and Bureau of Land Management (tan to the left) lands. Beyond the foothill that is the WSA lies Devils Den Canyon itself.  The western wall of the canyon visible here is where I have also walked and looked down into the depths below.  

   

So where have we walked before and what gives Alice the idea that I am obsessed with this Den for Devils?

Why this elaborate introduction?  Because I am not going to spend much or any time or photos on things already seen before.

So this page essentially begins at the base of the elongated hill that is the Devils Den Canyon BLM Wilderness Study Area (WSA).  Getting there from where the no-longer-existing-former-T202 loses you is a bit tricky with drainages to cross, etc. but looking for and following the deer trails helped at times:

  

Deer can cross a place like this in one leap, it takes me many steps, each one carefully planned:

 

Beyond this set of trees is a BLM fence I was able to walk over while pushing the barbed wire down with my hiking poles, beyond the fence I was in the WSA.

Nice deer trail on the other side of the fence but it did not last long, several more deep gullies to cross and deer do sort of thing easier than I do.  But the trees in the larger drainage to the right are our lunch destination:

 

Almost to lunch!  Some steep terrain between here and there but not scary.  Note the faint line behind the tree on the left of this cluster, that is the deer trail we will next take up to the top of the ridge to the right:

But first we sit on a rock and have a relaxing lunch:

We (you and me) have come from the top of the background ridge, we started in the little divide just below the left end of the cloud seemingly touching the ridge in the middle of the photo:

Next we will go up this ridge following this deer trail, and then walk along it to the T-200 trail coming out of Devils Den Canyon:

We will walk the ridge on the next page.