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Devils Kitchen Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (6)

A great moderate trail leading to spectacular rock formations.


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Point to Point

5,195' 1,583 m

High

4,990' 1,521 m

Low

206' 63 m

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13%

Avg Grade (8°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a nice short hike with a minor and safe scrambling that leads to a playground/amphitheater of sandstone.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

JC Condon

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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If you are photographer, go in the early morning for beautiful orange glow. You'll also have the place to yourself!
Jan 9, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Taking the ice tools for a walk up to Devils Kitchen after checking to see if the ice was in at No Thoroughfare Canyon.
Nov 8, 2015 near Redlands, CO
No Thoroughfare Canyon. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Looking over the Edge inside the Devil's Kitchen Formation...
Aug 7, 2021 near Redlands, CO
Devil's Kitchen, Colorado National Monument
Apr 23, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Beautiful Views of The Devils Kitchen
Jul 6, 2021 near Redlands, CO

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Oct 21, 2021
David Carter
Oct 11, 2020
Lou Hibbard
With Jan 0.6mi
May 10, 2019
Jess S
Apr 21, 2016
Kaitlin Bove
Aug 26, 2015
Michelle Kras
May 12, 2015
Paul Morelli