The trail form Botcher's Gap via Devils Peak seems to have been well cleared since some of the earlier reports. There's a register and a benchmark atop one of the summit rocks. The highest is a bit away from the clearing..
Night hike out of Bottchers Gap, because I arrived after 5 PM and was not camping Larry let me pass without paying for a day use permit. First hit Devils Peak, then Mt. Carmel after, finding the trail in far better condition than I had feared. Certainly not a bushwhack by any measure. RT was 3:45 for the full hike. TR is HERE.
Views from Devil's peak along the way made this otherwise lame summit worthwhile.
A nice hike up on a sunny day en route to Ventana Double Cone. The views from the Ventana Trail east of Devil's peak are far better than the summit. Kindof interesting walking through the wall of brush, and still and easy sidetrip.
With my buddy Steve. Nice day in the mountains.
Hiked up a number of times from Bottcher's gap.
Hike in since the burn of 08, and the trail was opened in May. a goodly amount of poison oak on the first hour of the hike. The trail is improved along the burn line at the base of Devils Peak.
A hot dayhike from Bottcher's Gap. 95 F at the trailhead, 85 F on the summit. Flies and ticks weren't too bad. Average views. Combined with Devil's Peak.
Tagged on the way to Pat Spring to do Ventana Double Cone the next day.
Also did this a number of years ago while dayhiking from Bottcher's .. 2002 ?
Hiked this as a day hike in combination (obviously) with Devil's Peak. A great clear day, warm and pleasant. Perfect time of year for the hike.
A scattered inch or two of snow above Devil's Peak, which was melting fast in the warm afternoon sun. Not difficult to find the route to the top, although the views are much better from Devil's Peak. A decent hike.
We only climbed Devil's Peak due to time restraints, but it was challendging hiking on 3 inches of snow up the south face of Devil's peak.
Great day hike with many options to push on to further summits. We made a beautiful trail run of it and cooled down with a cold one back at Botcher's Gap. The drive up can be precarious, use caution and watch your speed with on-coming traffic.
A nice hike from Bottchers gap. Did the hike in the morning to avoid possible high temps. Met up with 2 men at the peak whom were very helpful at pointing out many peaks and locations. A great hike, but not much of a veiw unless you get up on the large rock at the peak. I think that rock needs a special name.
Good hike. Tough from the other end of Skinners Ridge up to Devils Peak. Great views from there south into the Ventana Wilderness except it was a little hazy this day. The trail was not as overgrown as others I have hiked in the Ventana Wilderness. The most overgrown was the last 1/4 mile or so to the summit. A lot of Lupine and other wild flowers out but quite a bit of flies as well.
Palo Colorado Road..........Look out for the canyon people!
Say hello to Larry, he lives in the 1969 Airstream Bambi
at the park. Oh, pay your five bucks or he will give you a ticket.
The hike up is a good workout, my time was 2:14 to summit. I am over 50.
The summit is still overgrown.
Take plenty of H2O, those who don't suffer.
See my Trip Report for more details.
Easy hike. Close to home.
After plowing through snow on my last two outings, Carmel was a nice change of pace (plowing through chaparral instead). Weather was mild for mid November.
Pics are here: http://www.fedak.net/albums/MtCarmel.html
p.s. Be sure to check out mpbro's posting. This junction is easy to miss.
Hiked this round top with my girlfriend a couple of hours ago. It was fun and rather tough near the summit where we had to break through solid and very wet/cold bushes! There was at least a 1/2 foot of snow covering the trail starting at the Devil's Peak summit. Due to the lack of footprints on the snow, we believe that we were the only ones hiking it recently... except for the unknown creature who summited it shortly before us (see my pics). Weather was changing every 30 minutes, ranging from rain to sun to snow and back to rain.... Trail is wonderful and we loved our hike. We will certainly be back for a longer trip to Ventana Double Cone!