Arches National Park
by Julie and Kel
(Paw Paw MI)
Devils Garden/Primitive Loop Trail-Double
This is a great hike at Arches National Park. There are a total of eight arches on this primitive hike. It begins at the Devils Garden Trailhead. The first .8 mile is graveled and well graded, winds among the tall fins to a spectacular view of Landscape Arch, with side trails to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. The trail beyond becomes more challenging. It has sloped surfaces, goes across or on top of sandstone fins and in close proximity to drop-offs.
Hiking the primitive loop requires you to walk on steep, sloping sandstone surfaces. After Landscape Arch there are side trails to Navajo Arch and Partition Arch. Next is Double "O" Arch. After Double "O" the trail becomes primitive and more difficult. On the primitive loop you see Private Arch and Wall Arch, and pass through, over and around tall sandstone fins.