2011 - March 23rd - Devils Garden Section, Arches National ParkPosted on the 28 June 2011 by Danncianca
Along the road, we spied Skyline Arch and though we did not hike to it as a group, I ran half-way up the trail for a couple of snap shots before returning to the car and an ice cold Hansen's Creamy Root Beer. Thank you, cooler-packing foresight.
After our brief stop at Skyline Arch, we arrived at the crowded Devils Garden trailhead. We debated the extent of our adventure here as I tried to schedule a sunset visit to Delicate Arch. We figured that we would at least get to Landscape Arch and see where we could go from there.
The hike to the arch was maybe a half hour at the most and though the light was terrible for pictures, I still found the sight of it quite substantial.
We played around for a while, trying to find a good angle for a photo but I wasn't all that satisfied with what I could find. I decided to continue farther on the trail. Though I wasn't planning on leaving Kendell and Katherine, I wanted to see if I could get a different view.
The climb was somewhat challenging as the trail follows the spine of a sandstone fin. From this area, I was able to view the now-collapsed Wall Arch. The collapse happened back in 2008. This area also gave me spectacular views back along the trail and to the distant La Sal Mountains and to Partition Arch.
When I returned to the bottom, I tried another shot of Landscape Arch with the sun directly behind the rock, but I still don't think it turned out very well.
One of many interestingly shaped rocks.
Partition Arch from a different angle.
I found Kendell when I returned but not Katherine. We both backtracked to find her but to no avail, so I headed on back toward the trailhead. I asked that Kendell head toward Pine Tree Arch, another that we planned to visit. The trail for that arch splits from the main trail after the trail head and the plan was to catch it on the way back anyway. To make a long story short, I eventually found Katherine near the trailhead and she accompanied me to meet up with Kendell on the Pine Tree Arch trail. And that's where we ran into the deer.
And it was a rather friendly deer. I guess that's what you get in the National Parks.
Inspector LaRoche is fooled by the doe's invisibility cloak.
Finally, we reached Pine Tree Arch, which turned out to be one of my favorites from our trip.
Pine Tree Arch
From the light-side.
Tunnel Arch Out through the fins of the Devils Garden.
I think everyone was a little tired from driving around and hiking in the 50ºF heat, but I wasn't done yet. We still had the Park's Delicate Arch to visit. It is perhaps the most famous arch from the park and it even adorns the state of Utah's license plates. As we left the Devils Garden area, we were right on schedule to visit Delicate Arch for sunset. (and that will be the final installment from this trip!)
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