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My wife and I just returned home this afternoon after completing the loop yesterday. We began from the Dog Canyon trail head at the pull-out on Hwy 385, traveled east through Dog Canyon, bushwhacked south to the low saddle in the Deadhorse Mountains, negotiated our way down to and through the Devils Den, and then headed back to our original starting point at the pullout on Hwy 385. The Devils Den was very challenging - more than I expected. I'll post a full trip report with pics later this week, and with that you'll be better prepared to know in advance what challenges you and yours await you if you choose to travel it. (First thoughts - you better be a great rock scrambler, you better be pretty fit and agile, you better not be alone, you better be willing to get wet, and it would be a very good idea to let someone - NPS Rangers or friends, know where you plan on hiking and when you plan to return to your vehicle. There are some pour offs that may be difficult for some to drop down into, and several of which are difficult to climb back up - which could leave you stuck between pour offs). More to follow. Cheers!
I suspect your wife took it all in stride, but if not, I'm sure you will have a significant support group here. There is certainly a large brotherhood on this site who have survived bad decisions, tough routes, unscheduled nights out, etc with their better halves. Looking forward to the rest of your report!
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