The Devil’s Bathtub was recently named one of the Weather Channel’s Hidden Gems. The Devil’s Fork Loop Trail takes you on a 7+ mile hike across stream beds, past Cascade Falls and to the Devils Bathtub, where a stunning stream races down a rock chute, swirl through the tub and heads downstream. The “Tub” is 1.8 miles from the trailhead, if you just want to visit this scenic wonder.
Length: 7.2 miles round trip all the way around (or optional 1.8 miles directly to the Tub up one way)
Trailhead: From Ft. Blackmore, head north on Rte 619, turning left at the junction of Rte 619 and Rte 657 to stay on Rte 619. Soon thereafter, take FS road 2631 to the left and bear up the hill to the parking area. (FS road 2631 may not be suitable for two wheel drive vehicles.) Total distance from Ft. Blackmore is about 5 miles. To reach the other trailhead at the end of Straight Fork Ridge, follow Rte 619 north from Ft. Blackmore for 11.5 miles, winding up the side of High Knob. Turn left onto Rte 237/Big Cherry Reservoir Rd. and drive another 4 miles to the trailhead.
Fork Loop Trail is perfect for the true backcountry enthusiasts who are willing to get their feet wet. All hikers should be prepared to scramble over boulders, and should plan their visit during relatively low water conditions.