We had just finished Barbour Fork, so we had a good idea what the snow would be like on the trail. They're both in the same general area, though you have to drive for a bit on the pavement to get between the two trails. The snow ended up being just enough to add some fun but not enough to stop any progress.
The trailhead snuck up on us, but we all made the turn. We started up, and the hill at the start was steeper than anything we'd found on Barbour Fork. Still, the snow wasn't enough to prevent us from climbing up into the network of trails.
We knew from the maps that there were lots of trail spurs in the area, but we had a plan to make a loop. We did explore one spur, though, that took us almost to the highway where Cascade Creek starts.
It was a pretty steep descent down the spur. A few people stopped before we all got to the bottom where the turnaround was at a dead end. Those of us that went to the bottom just gave it a bunch of momentum and everyone made it up the hill just fine.
We got back on the main trail and headed up to the overlook at Devil's Hill. We stopped for lunch here, surrounded by scenery. It was sunny, but it was windy here because it was completely exposed. It made for a chilly lunch at times, but everyone enjoyed the company.
But we didn't stay long. We headed back down to the main trail and went around the big loop. There was a tippy spot at the far end that could have been really bad if it was snowy and slick, but luckily it was in the sun. It was on dry dirt, and no one had an issue.
We came around the ridge and then we went over it, back to the four-way intersection by Devil's Hill. After coming over the ridge, we tackled the hill climb to get back over the ridge. This was definitely the most fun section of the trail, and everyone enjoyed the climb.
After getting back over the ridge it was pretty quick to get back down to the "Y" intersection and then back to the trailhead. Ladd and Mark had to head for home, but the rest of us went over to add Cascade Creek to our day. Devil's Canyon ended up being a lot of fun.
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