The following posts show some of the pictures I took while exploring Devil’s Canyon. When Don and I first stayed at Oak Flat, we had no idea that we were actually sitting on the edge of a magnificent canyon. Most of my hikes during our first couple of stays were focused on exploring the ancient ruins on the northwest side of the canyon.
From our campsite, using binoculars we could see some awesome looking rock formations and hoodoos that I wanted to get a better look at. Not knowing that they were actually on the other side of a very deep canyon, I decided to take a hike one day to see if I could get close enough to take some decent pictures. The terrain was difficult at best, and I had to kind of blaze my own trail through boulders and thick manzanita brambles.
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I first discovered the deep canyon, because I viewed it as just an obstacle that was preventing me from reaching & exploring the hoodoos on the other side. But as I looked down into the chasm, I spotted glimpses of terrain that just begged to be explored, and over several hikes I began to appreciate the unique beauty & wildlife of this sacred canyon. I hadn’t given up on getting to the hoodoos, but it was obvious that I was going to have to find another way. I was hoping that on our next trip to the area, we could find a place to stay on the other side of the canyon.