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I get my first view down into the gorge of Devil's Playground Wash and the old mining road that rises up the other side

I get my first view down into the gorge of Devil's Playground Wash and the old mining road that rises up the other side Hill 1114 also offers an excellent view of the Kelso Dunes from aboveThumbnailsOn the way down, but still up high, I pass a mine tunnel that's not indicated on my mapHill 1114 also offers an excellent view of the Kelso Dunes from aboveThumbnailsOn the way down, but still up high, I pass a mine tunnel that's not indicated on my mapHill 1114 also offers an excellent view of the Kelso Dunes from aboveThumbnailsOn the way down, but still up high, I pass a mine tunnel that's not indicated on my mapHill 1114 also offers an excellent view of the Kelso Dunes from aboveThumbnailsOn the way down, but still up high, I pass a mine tunnel that's not indicated on my mapHill 1114 also offers an excellent view of the Kelso Dunes from aboveThumbnailsOn the way down, but still up high, I pass a mine tunnel that's not indicated on my map

I feel like I'm entering a secret world where nobody goes as I begin the steep hike down the switchbacks to the bottom of Devil's Playground Wash. The road drops 375 feet in just over 1/3 mile.

Part of the old descending road is visible on the left.