Last year when we camped at Devil’s Den, I was looking for a place to walk my five miles. The part of the park that’s in the valley is only about a mile long and I’ve hiked it many times. I decided to try to walk up the road to the park sign. It turned out to be two-and-a-half miles, all uphill — challenging but doable. The round trip was the five miles I was looking for. I enjoyed it so much, I did it again the next day.
This year, on Tuesday, I decided to do it again. Nate came along. This photo was staged — he made it up in fine shape.
The next morning, Katherine and I did it.
On the way back down, we cut off on the Yellow Rock trail (where we met the rest of our group who had hiked in from the parking lot) then hiked down to the trail head and back to the cabins.
At this point, I tried to create a club of those who had done the walk, but when I tried to give the club a name, I was told I was being smug. But we did make rules — you had to go all the way from creek level to the sign and back and take a selfie. Tim did it next.
Nate and Karen threw down the gauntlet and did it by climbing up the Yellow Rock trail and then continued up the road to the sign and back down, basically following the path Katherine and I had taken, but in reverse.
I decided to raise the stakes the next day and walked up the steeper road to the sign on the other side of the park. This route goes up a long series of switchbacks. But the most challenging aspect is that once you make the top of the ridge, you have to walk downhill for about half a mile to get to the sign. So, when you finally make your destination, you have to start back downhill by hiking uphill for half a mile.
Tim wasn’t about to let me revel in my accomplishment for long, so the next morning he hiked up that side too.
This is getting competitive. Next year I may have to walk sign to sign.