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Devil’s Glen

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Devil’s Glen

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A short hike to a beautifully-sculpted canyon to glimpse the rushing waters of the Dearborn River.

From the trailhead, follow the well-signed trail, which parallels the road for the first mile.  Please stay on the trail,not the road, as this initial section of the trail passes through private property.  After one mile, cross a sturdy bridge over the Dearborn River and ascend this steepest section of the trail, which passes through open meadows and forested areas.  After crossing the well-marked National Forest boundary at 1.75 miles, the trail becomes more level, with just a few small ups and downs before reaching Devil’s Glen at 3.5 miles.

Devil’s Glen is in an open meadow with a well-used campfire ring and user trails heading down to the glen itself.  Here, the Dearborn River has carved through the canyon, leaving behind beautiful rock formations.  The crystal-clear glacial waters turn an almost iridescent blue as they pass through the canyon.  It’s a picturesque spot for a snack or picnic lunch.

For a longer hike, continue on the trail a short way to a horse ford of the Dearborn River, where hikers should turn around or plan on getting wet.

In winter, the road is plowed all the way to the trailhead, making for an excellent XC ski or snowshoe route.

Directions:From Augusta:  Drive southwest on Elk Creek Road for 15 miles towards Bean Lake.  At Bean Lake, turn right (west) onto Dearborn River Road #577 (marked Dearborn Canyon Road on google maps).  Continue on Bean Lake Road for 5.9, passing by the Diamond Bar X Ranch and Wilderness School of the Bible.  The large trailhead parking area is on the left immediately past the Wilderness School of the Bible.

From Highway 200:  Drive north on state highway 434 for 11.3 miles towards Bean Lake.  At Bean Lake, turn left (west) onto Dearborn River Road #577 (marked Dearborn Canyon Road on google maps).  Continue on Bean Lake Road for 5.9, passing by the Diamond Bar X Ranch and Wilderness School of the Bible. The large trailhead parking area is on the left immediately past the Wilderness School of the Bible.

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