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Devils Gulch, Mission Ridge

Jun 15, 2013

by Nathaniel last modified Jun 15, 2013 05:54 PM
Type of Outing
Overnight
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Hike: Devils Gulch
Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee Natiomal Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District, Leavenworth
Trails: Devils Gulch (#1220)
Avg Rating: 3.40
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Hike: Mission Ridge
Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee Natiomal Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District, Leavenworth
Trails: Mission Ridge (#1201)
Avg Rating: 3.00
Why You Should Go Now
Wildflowers blooming
Be Aware Of
Bugs
No water source
Road to trailhead inaccessible
Devils Gulch
The road to the trailhead is GATED OFF about 2.1 miles before the normal parking lot- there is a small lot at the gate... but not as nice as the normal TH.

This loop is about 23 miles with the added mileage. Yay for added mileage- but the road walk is quite boring and long!

Devils Gulch:
The trail lives up to its name- especially since the fires in 2012! The awesome rock formations, combined with the burned trees adds to the effect- it is hot, dusty, and very fitting for the devil!

The closer the trail is to the water- the more mosquitoes you will find trying to get some of your precious blood, so walk quickly through the beginning and you should do fine. The rest of the trail remained fairly bug free, and the only two things to keep track of are water consumption and also looking out for the bikers out there. All of the river/creek/stream crossings have decent bridges across- so unless you slip... you should not have to get your feet wet. Bringing a trash bag along would be a good idea- as it looks like someone had a fast food and red bull party out there... all over the trails. It seems that the Red Bull gave the people wings- and they just flew away... and forgot to pick up after themselves.

If you continue up to do the mission creek loop- fill up water before doing so! There is absolutely no water after devils gulch... and Mission Ridge is hot and dusty.

Mission Ridge:
Bring lots of water! Hike early in the day! It is quite a hot area to be in- especially since a ton of the trees that once were there for shade... are now totally burned away. Summary: The trail is dusty, hot, and lacks any water source. It does however offer some epic views and is a good training hike as well! The wildflowers are also in full bloom currently and look wonderful!
Mission Ridge- one of the numerous burned sections.
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Another Flower!
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