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Guadalupe NP Devil's Hall, TX
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Guadalupe NP Devil's Hall, TX 
Guadalupe NP Devil's Hall, TX
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2018
markthurman53
Hiking5.20 Miles 889 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.40 mph
889 ft AEG      33 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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After spending the night in Whites City near Carlsbad Caverns I thought I would hike in Guadalupe National Park before heading back to Tucson. My plan was to hike up to Guadalupe Peak but with the wind still hanging around 50 MPH I opted to do a canyon hike instead. Devil's Hall seemed like a good choice. This trail starts out at the same trail head as Guadalupe Peak but within a few 100 feet veers off to the the north entering Pine Spring Canyon. This is a fairly easy trail with very little elevation gain except the gradual uphill slope of the creek. Mileage for this hike is from the visitors center parking lot but if you can start at the campground you can cut off about a half mile. After 1.2 miles the trail heads down into Pine Spring Creek and remains there the rest of the hike. A little rock hopping is required in the creek but nothing difficult. Make sure to check out the rocks for the many types of fossils pointed out and explained in the visitors center. At about 2.2 miles there is a really magnificent water fall/cascade in the creek. This would be something to see when the water is flowing pretty good, of coarse getting to this point would be difficult if it were running. Climb up the falls (steps provided by nature) and continue up canyon another .4 miles to the Devil's Hall. Along this stretch to Devil's Hall check out the fossils in the rocks on the eastern walls. Devil's Hall is a narrow about 20 feet across and cliffs on either side and maybe 100 yards long. You can continue on for another .1 miles before the trail ends with a sign saying not to go beyond between March and August.
This trail is well worth doing if you don't have a lot of time or looking for a short easy hike after a longer hike to finish off the day. In my case a short hike before making the 6 hour drive home. If I had done the Guadalupe Peak hike that drive home probably would of been a long one. I will be back to do that hike the next time I'm in the area (probably in April).
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