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Devil’s Canyon Finale

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Late this morning Diane and I headed back to the mouth of Devil’s Canyon just outside of Fruita so I could finish hiking a few of the trail segments that I had not been on before. We ended up making a big loop that was about 6.5 miles in length with a stop at a nice overlook into Devil’s Canyon. While most of the trails were still snow-covered, especially higher and on the north side of the cliffs, there were other sections that had melted off entirely. Early in our hike those sections were frozen, but on our way back to the trailhead we encountered a few muddy areas that had started melting in the sun and the above-freezing temperature.

Hiking up the well-used D1 Trail towards the mouth of Devil’s Canyon.

D1 Trail

View from a nice overlook into Devil’s Canyon.

Devil's Canyon Overlook

Diane follows the trench in the snow on the bench.

Snow Trench

Starting the descent back down into the canyon.

The Descent

Following the D6 Trail.

Down D6

An interesting rock formation above the trail that I thought it looked like a sitting bird.

Sitting Bird

We passed this small doorway that opened up into a small room blasted into the side of the cliff.

Sandstone Doorway

Open Door

Diane hiking back to the trailhead.

D4 Back


Now that I’ve finally finished hiking all of the front-country trails within the Devil’s Canyon section of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, I have created the map below of them.



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  1. Bob Webster
    Bob Webster January 31, 2016

    Hi Randy,
    What kind od hardware & software are you using for GPS trails and tracking? I am looking at GaiaGPS? Expensive! But maybe worth it?

    Maybe you can give some tips? I am thru your are from Chicago to Moab in a week or two.
    Thanks – Bob

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat January 31, 2016

      I use a Garmin Oregon GPS and have for about 8 years now. I prefer a standalone GPS device over using my phone.

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