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Devil’s Hole

Posted by Stu On July - 10 - 2009

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Virtually nothing is known about the ruins in the Devil’s Hole, found ironically in Paradise Valley.  According to local legends, the place was a hunting lodge, ski resort, or speakeasy.  The only thing agreed upon is that it was destroyed in a fire decades ago.

I was told it was quite a hike to get to this place, about 6 hours, and that I’d have to wade through a river several times before reaching it.  Long story short, the trek was less than a mile, although I did have to walk through a stream 5 or 6 times.  It was slightly above ankle-deep for the most part.

The first part of the trail winds through thick rhododendrons and abruptly stops at the first water crossing.

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The trail is pretty unclear at times; orange blazes are few and far between.  It doesn’t help that the stream zig-zags across the trail quite a bit.  Lucky me decided to find this place just weeks after the spring runoff, so needless to say the water was cold.

Eventually, a very discernable trail materializes out of literally nowhere.  Following this down a bit will lead you to the first part of the ruins, just a small fireplace.

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Sort of hidden among the trees, diagonally across the path, is the true prize, though.  The big building has two double fireplaces.  The first floor was completely destroyed, so when you’re poking around the place, you’re actually on the basement level.

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So what was this place?  There are a few things here that pretty much prove it was a ski lodge of some sort. I’m guessing that first fireplace I came across used to be a tow shed, because right behind it was a cleared area running all the way up the mountain – a telltale sign of a ski lift.  Also just behind the small fireplace was a wheel mounted in a tree – most likely to run the lift.  I think it’s pretty obvious this place was a ski lodge.

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the wheel or cleared area because I was too busy putzing around with my camcorder and forgot to take actual pics of them.  If I ever figure out how to edit the video I shot, they’ll be on there.

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5 Responses

  1. nick Said,

    there is another ruin site about 500 yards from this one

    Posted on July 22nd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

  2. gypsywanderin Said,

    hi stu, how is everything? did you ever find the waterfall near there+
    don + dj from jersey

    Posted on July 31st, 2009 at 1:56 am

  3. Stu Said,

    Nah, I didn’t go chasing waterfalls. I just stuck with the river that I was used to.

    …nah, seriously, I didn’t see any falls back there. I do need to go back though and explore farther.

    Posted on July 31st, 2009 at 2:34 am

  4. jimmy Said,

    Ok so i grew up back there and there is a water fall back there. I use to go camping there all the time u just have to follow the stream back to where it brakes of in to two different parts follow the part that banks off to the right. But dude u have to go out there at nite there are some weird things that go on there when the sun goes down. Hit me up on my email (jamesdaniels92@gmail.com) and ill tell you about some of the stuff i have experienced.

    Posted on August 8th, 2010 at 8:54 am

  5. Lisa Said,

    I grew up in the area and was told an urban legend that witches were hang in this area years before in the 1800.

    Posted on February 29th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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