First, thanx Trad, loved the info and always interesting interaction. Hikin jim, anytime. I am way to easy to get to hike. Google the five pools of devils canyon, quite a place but no margin of error. Gollum, I have read the Rings series multiple times since the 70's, don't know you but I guess I do.
I drove back and forth working in the mines for ten years, passing through Devils every day. One horrible rainy thunderstorm morning before sunrise, lightning, hail, the worst possible conditions, I am driving east on US 60. At the bridge over Devils, in my headlights, two shining red eyes crossing the road, stop and look at me. A large upright creature that crosses the road in what seemed like 6 steps. VERY large with a huge stride. I can still remember it like yesterday. On the way home in the daylight I stopped and checked out the location which is the only place to get across because of steep canyons. It stepped over the guardrail like it wasn't there. I found disturbed earth that appeared to be a big a large footprint. I am a tracker for SAR. Then it hit me, hmmmmm, Devils Canyon. Nuff said. Everytime I have spent a night there since the 9mm is under my pillow.
Then there are the coatis. Always there and always curious. Noisy as hell and if you don't know what that noise is, very uncomfortable. Maybe coati is a delicacy for large hairy upright things, don't know and don't want to find out.