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Devil’s Garden

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 in Utah
Devil's Garden

By the time we reached Devil’s Garden we were pretty much exhausted. We wondered if we had the energy for another hike. We inspected the map to determine what was out there.

“More redrocks and arches? Whatever.”

It’s chilling how blasé you can get about one of the world’s most unique landscapes simply because you’ve peed in one too many pit toilets that day.

Fortunately, despite our exhaustion, we did hike into Devil’s Garden. Turns out, there’s a lot of trail in that area. And—as names on maps imply—there also must be a lot of arches out there too.

In the end, although we hiked into Devil’s Garden we didn’t hike far. We didn’t make it to Landscape Arch or Navajo Arch or Double-O-Arch. But it’s nice to know that those quirky rock formations are out there waiting for us. It’s nice to know that the next time we visit Arches we still have more sights to see. The next time we visit Arches, Devil’s Garden will be our starting point.

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Devil’s Garden
Devil's Garden
By the time we reached Devil’s Garden we were pretty much exhausted. We wondered if we had the energy for another hike. We inspected the map to determine what was out there.
The Rains
The Rains
Woke up early to thunderstorms that were already building. The sky broke into downpours that lasted a good hour or so and then stopped, leaving a gray sky to linger the rest of the day.
Mesa Trail
Mesa Trail
Today is the second day in a row of cool mist, light showers, and autumnal temperatures. I venture out mid-morning hoping to log a quick local hike before the trails turn too slop. I begin my hike at NCAR and trek northward along the Mesa Trail—two miles out, two miles back.