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Devil's Hall Professional Review and Guide
"The first mile of this trip follows a well-defined trail up Pine Springs Canyon. This is the horse route up Guadalupe Peak, so the trail is well-defined and easy to follow. The trail passes through the scars left by the man-caused, 6,510-acre Pine Fire of 1993. This is a stark reminder to be careful with fire in this dry, fragile environment. Note that this fire, like most wildland fires, did not burn everything. Instead, wildfire tends to leave some plants unburnt, which helps re-vegetate the area."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides).
This is a great hike. The trail was in full color. The trail is not too hard. The walk was through the wash, so it was a little rough on the knees walking on the loose rocks .
This was a great hike. I did it as a tail end of the Peak following the horse trail until it intersects with Devil's Hall. From the horse trail to the Hall, prepare to scramble the entire way. You use your hands constantly. There were a lot of deer, squirrels, and other wildlife down in the canyon after seeing nothing on the peak. The rock formations were beautiful - this is a great place for a photographer. I saw no one else on the trail at all.
A GREAT hike in the fall with the changing colors of the maples and ash trees, plus the madrone berries. I hiked both McKitrick Canyon and Devil's Hall, and thought that DH was somewhat better - shorter trail with actually more color, or maybe it was just more concentrated. The "cool" factors include hiking in the dry streambed and the actual Devil's Hall at the end.
This trail was tacked on to a day trip to Guadalupe Peak but was well worth the extra effort. A rugged walk over a boulder strewn dry creek bed, it ends in a dramatic series of unusual rock formations - nature's brick walls. On my trip, I saw an animal I did not even know existed (a ringtail)! While the trail is sometimes hard to follow, it has many cairns that bring you up the creek to the final destination. Definitely worth a look.
It is a very short trail with very large award at the end. The elevation gain on the way up is not noticeable, but it is just enought on the way down so you can hop from boulder to boulder along the stream. Whan I was there I never felt better in my whole life. I saw a gigantic mountain lion foot print!
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