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Devils Garden Primitive Loop

 6 votes

2.2 Miles 3.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

247' 75 m

Ascent

-439' -134 m

Descent

5,424' 1,653 m

High

5,039' 1,536 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

Update

This remote and scenic trail offers a true wilderness experience often elusive at Arches NP.

Megan W

Overview

Dogs: No Dogs

Description

The start of the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Trail is marked with a "Caution: Primitive Trail, Difficult Hiking" warning sign. It is worth evaluating your water levels and experience over the last half of the Devils Garden Main Trail: if you were terrified, don't do the Primitive Loop. If you still feel energetic and successfully conquered the challenges of the Main Trail with aplomb, then you'll likely find the Primitive Loop to be similarly enjoyable.

From the 3-way junction with Devils Garden Main Trail and the Dark Angel Trail, the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Trail begins with a moderately steep descent of Fin Canyon. About halfway down, and about 0.4 miles from the beginning of the loop, look for the Private Arch Trail on the right (leading south/southeast). This worthwhile detour is easy and visits an infrequently seen, isolated arch.

Once back on the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Trail, continue downhill over rock spines, through sandy washes and slickrock sections, threading between mesmerizing fin canyons. Some parts in this area become treacherous when the rock is wet or snowy. There is one rock face that must be navigated via a ledge and another tricky spot where a depression often fills with water and must be circumnavigated. Most hikers with grippy shoes report excitement without dunkings. (If you are concerned about these obstacles, you can visit Private Arch and then retrace your steps back to the Devils Garden Main Trail.)

The remainder of the trail covers more open ground, ascending gradually to the junction with the Devils Garden Main Trail at the Landscape Arch area. Some words to the wise: take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person, wear a hat, use sunscreen, take breaks. This trail is more remote than others in the park, users should be completely self-sufficient. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards, rabbits and chipmunks.

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Oct 1, 2017
Paul Snyder
Aug 11, 2017
Philip Penepent
Apr 1, 2017
Victoria Richards
Jul 28, 2016
Sonali Singhai
Jul 2, 2016
Rachel Trueblood
May 1, 2016
Sidney Tuan
Primitive part of the loop was really fun, but difficult. Desert and climbing.
Apr 16, 2016
Katie Pazamickas
Apr 13, 2016
Greg Burns
Landscape Arch and Double O Arch — 2h 26m

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