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Devil's Causeway - 9-17-20

Thursday, September 17, 2020

In the Flat Tops Wilderness Area there is an area called the Devil's Causeway:



The Devil's Causeway is a narrow strip of land notorious for causing sheer terror, or awe and thrill, for those who dare to cross it. This "land bridge" is roughly 50 feet in length, and narrows to as little as 3 feet in width. On both sides of the rough and rugged trail (terrain is the more proper term) are 60-80 foot cliffs, with steep talus slopes dropping another 600-800 feet into the drainages below. Whether you consider it frightening, or thrilling, the Devil's Causeway offers hikers one of the most spectacular views in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

The Devil's Causeway sits at an elevation of roughly 11,800 feet, and crossing it is extremely dangerous. Many people are reduced to crossing it on their hands and knees, or even on their butts. The last time I hiked it I went across on hands and knees, and was STILL wobbly! Of course, kids practically skip across it, giving all the parents at the location heart palpitations...



It looks like we'll have a couple weeks of good weather, and DH and I are talking about where to go locally to enjoy some hiking, see the colors, and get in some fishing. Fortunately this rules out the Devil's Causeway, as it is too high for fishing (or for trees, for that matter). I think I may have made my last trek across it and will settle for photos of OTHER people's adventures!
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