Dogs No Dogs
River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
This is a nice short hike with a minor and safe scrambling that leads to a playground/amphitheater of sandstone.
From the parking lot, head south following the wide and slightly rocky trail. Stay right at the first junction following signs for Devils Kitchen
and No Thoroughfare Canyon. At the bottom of a short hill with wooden steps, stay left at the second junction heading for Devil's Kitchen.
The trail is sandy and flat for about half a mile and then the steep, punchy climb begins. Head out of the wash up some steep steps and then follow the cairns and chopped rock steps up towards the obvious rock formation at the top of the slope (Note: Be careful to follow the large *cemented* cairns. There are a ton of small cairns placed by other visitors that may lead you off-trail). Once at the top you can wander around and explore the formation.
When you have had your fill at the amphitheater head back the way you came to the parking lot, or check out the other trails in the area. Echo Canyon Trail
, Serpents Trail
, and Old Gordon Trail
are all great options and can easily fill a full day of hiking.
Flora & Fauna
Lots of bunnies and lizards, and the opportunity to see desert big horn sheep as well as lots of birding opportunities.
Shared By: JC Condon