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Traversing Devils Castle

Devils Castle
Traverse

Little Cottonwood Canyon
Wasatch Mountains

Mountain Scramble

          Devils Castle is a rugged mountain above Alta Ski Resort in Albion Basin. The traverse of the mountain is an entertaining scramble that is easily accessible for a half day of fun. Those new to scrambling or rock climbing will find the exposure intimidating.

          The route described also passes by the very popular and picturesque Secret Lake in Albion Basin and allows easy access to the summit of 11,051' Sugarloaf Peak for peak baggers who still need to add this summit to their list.

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Devils Castle from the West Secret Lake

General Information:
          The summit of Devils Castle is 10,961. This mountain actually has three peaks, which are nearly identical in height. The middle peak is the highest and contains the summit register located in a mailbox. This mountaineering scramble will require 4 or 5 hours to complete. 

          The Devils Castle traverse requires a fair amount of scrambling with major exposure. There is nothing difficult about the scrambling but in several places a fall would be fatal. Navigation for this route is easy. Mountain goat are often visible while hiking Devils Castle if you keep your eyes open and look for them.

          If you wish to visit the summit of Sugarloaf Peak than add an extra 30 minutes to your hiking time. Since 11,051' Sugarloaf Peak is the 13th highest peak in Salt Lake City this is a good time to tick the summit off your peak baggers list.

80 year old George Sormer scrambles up the third peak. Mountain Goats on Devils Castle

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is accessible to all vehicles in good weather. Excellent camping is available at the Albion Basin Campground, which is located at the trailhead. There is a campground host on site. Restrooms and drinking water are provided. Both reserved and first come, first serve sites are available. Reserve America handles on-line site reservations.

Devils Castle from the base Your tour guide, Shane Burrows

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