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Dusk at The Devil’s Doorway

We started on the east bluff on the south of the lake’s shore. Initially the plan was to hike the east bluff trail, but we thought it would take more time than planned. The shorter route was through the Balanced Rock, the Devil’s Doorway, Potholes trail, and Grottos trail. In hindsight, it was easier than we thought, we made it back to the car well before sunset. This is a photo essay of the hike, below the jump are photos from everyone’s cameras.

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After crossing the railroad tracks, it wasn’t long before a fairly steep rock climb.

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Picture 011Picture 008 The Balanced Rock.Picture 010P1010094-15Though earlier in the season, we came across several hikers throughout the trail. There was a father teaching his daughter how to hike, he also gave us directions. Lovely photo, from Mark’s camera.
P1010083-13Views of the lake from Randy’s camera.
IMG_2297 IMG_2292 Tai-chi Randy!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe gorgeous view of the valley below, the land that now occupies a space that used to connect the two lakes. We were high above enough to see eagles in flight, at roughly the same height from where we stood.

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A good fifteen minutes past the Balanced Rock, we made it to the Devil’s Doorway.Picture 029Robot dance solo on the rocks.

Picture 026I went to the other side of the doorway for hero pictures. Like… a pensive shot seated close to the edge, looking out towards the view. But that the photo below betrays what actually happened. The other hikers probably heard shouting in Tagalog which translates to:

“IS THERE ENOUGH SUPPORT BENEATH ME OR AM I ON A CANTILEVERED ROCK?”

“It’s not cantilevered… You can still go further out, there’s support beneath you. You’ll be fine.”

“WHAT IF THE ROCKS CRACK OR MOVE FROM MY WEIGHT WHEN I MOVE? THIS IS REALLY HIGH UP”

“You’re fine! It’s not going to crack, you’re not THAT HEAVY! It’s not going to break, don’t worry.”

“EEEEEEEEEEEEP”

This is how I end up on roller coasters and log jam rides. The colors came out so nicely in Mark’s photo below.
P1010155-22I was shouting to them from across the gap.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFor the Potholes/Grottos trail, we climbed down red rocks that reminded me of Petra, Jordan.

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Past the Grottos trail, it’s all flat. It almost looks like autumn, except that it’s post-winter.IMG_9512Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFrom being up here…

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to being down here.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAnd out of the woods.

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We didn’t see as much greenery as you probably would later on in the spring and summer, but the weather was perfect. I love hiking in fairly cold weather. Less sweating, less bugs, and less people. All in all it took almost two hours for the entire hike.

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