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Devils Canyon Bridge (Abandoned), AZ

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Distance One Way 0.22 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,009 feet
Elevation Gain 35 feet
Accumulated Gain 35 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.34
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
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7  2016-04-02 chumley
13  2015-07-17 outdoor_lover
2  2013-11-23 skatchkins
1  2012-12-25 ssk44
10  2012-03-21 ssk44
12  2010-01-25 ssk44
6  2008-11-04 ssk44
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Sun  6:09am - 6:28pm
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Short and scenic segment of the historic US Highway 70. The original bridge was in service from 1900-1949 and is still completely intact. Construction was concrete and steel and the design was a filled spandrel arch.

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Devils Canyon Bridge (Abandoned)
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Another lame hike to check out some history. I gimped along with the goal of getting back to Oak Flat for some cold beer. This section of road is almost completely grown over. The bridge now stops at a wall of rock that has been put in place to support the new wider highway cut though the area. The bridge will survive as construction can't affect the creek that flows under it. The root system of one of the sycamore trees just below the bridge is as impressive as any I've ever seen.
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2nd Bridge of the Day with Alex...
Couldn't quite figure out the Highway Pull-Off, but once we did, it made more Sense...From the Highway, it looks like you could barely pull off there, but once you do, there's enough Room for at least 4 Cars...It's 5.2 Miles from the Highway 177 Overpass in Superior and if you're heading towards Globe, it will be on the Left just as the Guardrail starts...

Quick Hike on the old Highway and it was a pretty neat Bridge...Dismayed at the Survey Markers though...I think they are getting ready to make Highway 60 a Four Lane and when they do, that Bridge will not survive...Part of the old Highway might, but I just don't see how they can spare the Bridge at all...If you want to see it, you might want to do it soon...

Interesting little "Rest Stop" along there too...Wouldn't want to Camp there now, as the current Highway is pretty much right above you, but it was still a cool spot along the Creek, which was dry at this Time...

Stopped by Oak Flat on the way back to Town...Alex has never been in there and with things possibly changing, I wanted him to see it...Dinked around a little, took a couple of Shots at Birds while we were there... :D

It was a Nice Day, a little History, a little Exercise, a little Wildlife and it was good to see Alex and catch up again... :)
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I have the whole afternoon off... Hmm... What should I do? Hunt down snow melt! I suspected that Devils Canyon was running nicely. It was perfect! I've never hiked upstream beyond the bridge so I really didn't know what I'd find. My primary plan was to experiment with some soft water photography. Capturing soft water is something that I've always wanted to try. I can't remember the last time I packed a tripod on a hike. I must admit that I'm not a fan of heavily pushed "misty" soft water. My $400 P&S camera was not likely going to pull that off anyway's so no worries there. I personally prefer moderate soft water. Basically something just beyond natural is what I was hoping for. Considering that this was my first attempt, my expectations were not overly high. Beginners luck is what I was hoping for. I must have had a little in my pack.

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Devils Canyon Bridge (Abandoned)

I pulled in here this afternoon while on the way back from my main hike for the day. With all of the recent heavy rain and snowmelt, the typically dry Devils Canyon was running really strong. Opportunities like this don't come very often. I simply could not resist. I really love this little place!

Eric (ssk44)

Also see Pinto Creek Bridge (Abandoned)
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Devils Canyon Bridge (Abandoned)

Every time I drive back from Globe, I cant help but be curious about the old original highway route along Devils Canyon, above Superior. There is a very small pull off at the bottom of the hill with a barricade blocking the abandoned road. It is a short walk along the decaying original roadbed to the bridge. Along the side was an old picnic area. The original bridge was in service from 1900-1949. Neat little peace of history.

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Trailhead is approximately 5 miles northeast of Superior, along Highway US 60. There is a small pull-off/parking area just before the US60 Bridge. The pull-off is the start of the original highway segment.
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