Devil’s Hall

(Pine Springs TX)
Next stop was a visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which includes the highest point in Texas. The Visitor Center has a nice display about the area and features of the park. There is another section of the park on the north slope of the mountains.

Path, pines, mountain

Early on the Devil’s Hall trail

Ten trails of varying difficulty, elevation gain, and up to 11 miles round trip offer plenty of variety. Some are suitable for overnight back country camping. I chose the moderate Devil’s Hall trail, 4 miles round trip, about 750 ft rise.

Rocks, trees, canyon

Rocks in the wash part

The first part of the trail was fairly easy and skirted the wash. A noisy family followed me part way up, but turned back when they encountered the rock strewn wash that the trail took up to the “hall”. It was a relief to have quiet again.

Narrow canyon with rock cliffs

Approaching the Hall

Boulders in the wash made for some rock scrambling, but not too bad. Cairns had been placed every so often to confirm you were still on the right track. As I approached the “hall”, there were natural steps in the rock formation.

Natural steps up the rocks

Beginning of the Hall

Devil’s Hall was a narrow slot with vertical walls on both sides. After passing through the hall, I went a bit further. Soon, I rested awhile, and had a snack before heading back down. It was a pleasant hike with beautiful views all along the trail.

Very narrow path between tall walls

Devil’s Hall

Two nights at the Pine Springs CG inside the park at 5,822 ft. It has two sections, one for tent campers and a parking lot for RVs. There was a picnic table for those lucky enough to get a spot along the edge (I was lucky), and flush toilets. Easy access to the trails from the campground.

Camp: Guadalupe Mountains NP – Pine Springs CG
Scene: Mountains, rocks, cliffs, trails

2 Responses to Devil’s Hall

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR April 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Looks like a nice stop – great photos as well.

    • Pleinguy April 16, 2014 at 12:50 am #

      If you’re a hiker, there are lots of trails. Little else to do there though.

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