This is the second day of our backpack/overnight into Devils Chasm. (see other posting for our night photo shoot of the ruins).We woke up sunday morning and retraced our night walk to the dwelling climb out. Our very first steps up canyon started with a blank look at the giant boulders at the climb out and thoughts of how do we get past these??? that describes most of the hike. Before I get too far into this I would like say that during this hike we kept wondering what we were thinking, afterwards we were all glad we did it,we had a great time. By Greg's GPS we only traveled .6 of a mile but that took 1.5hrs. to get to a dead end!!!! Its all choked with rocks, boulders, sticks, and logs. Many times we were sure it would never end. Its wednesday and my legs are still hurting from the weekend.just after starting up canyon we got a view of the dwelling, I believe this is the only place to see the dwelling from the canyon bottom and probably only in the winter when the leaves have fallen. Lots of color up there this time of year, a very weird glow under all that gold . We passed the area on the right that bart01 and joe bartels were traversing to try to get to see the ruin earlier this year and although we didnt purposely try to find a way up there I did look with that in mind and decided that would be a bad idea either trying to climb up or down from above. nothing is impossible if you want to try hard enough but for a normal hike its not gonna happen. After working the boulder field we topped out into a narrow shear walled part of the canyon, I'm sure this was the 250 foot drop that bart01 and joe bartels talked about. the width of this section was about 25feet.the length was maybe 100yards flat straight,only small rocks.It looked like a super hiway after what it took to get there. At the end if this was a steep choked boulder strewn section that was impassable, I tried to take a few pics to show this but they don't show it very accurately, (zero chance a hiker can climb up there) and to make things worse there was an area beyond that we couldnt get a photograph of that looked even steeper and probably just as high, couldnt confirm that it was impassable because of the distance but I'll bet 50 bucks thats its not. My feeling about hiking the length of Devils Chasm is that the only way would be from top to bottom with rapelling gear and even then I wouldnt do it unless you come up from the bottom to see what your up against. We had a great time doing this and we only regretted it while we were doing it. Everbody stops at the dwelling but this is great add on, especially if you didnt spend the previous day hauling full backpacks up canyon.
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