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Ancha Excursion
by SUN_HIKER

Devil's Chasm is a well-hidden ruin sitting secretively on a huge cliff in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest. We decided to do this hike in January 2003. The reason we chose the winter month is that we read in Dave Wilson's "Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen" that this area has an unusually large population of rattlesnakes. ( I recommend you get this book before setting out on this hike )


Because the days are short in January you will have to start early and dress warm as we found out it was quite cold. Most of the trail is in the woods, so not too much sunlight will reach the trail. You also should have a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to maneuver the last couple of miles that take you over some pretty rough and rocky dirt road to the trailhead. Although the trail is only 3 miles round trip it seemed to be one of the most treacherous hikes we did.

Initially, the trail is barely marked. Halfway through you wonder if you are still on the right track. From the Trailhead you begin at a creek. Keep to your left until you encounter a huge waterfall, which you need to climb. Obviously it will have to be dry because you will hike inside the fall for a short distance.

After the water fall we maneuvered our way across a real thin cliff that proved to be a bit unnerving for one hiker who decided to wait for our return back to this point.

Shortly after the cliff, we came across a second waterfall. We all had lunch here while trying to figure out where the trail continued. This proved to be sheer guess work, because from then on you could not tell which way to go. We were climbing, crawling and hanging on to prevent sliding down on the loose steep ground.

You will definitely want to bring your hiking pole to keep your footing. Steady yourself with the one pole and use the other hand to grab onto anything you can. The ruin will be located on a huge cliff to your right, appearing out of nowhere. It can't be seen until you get real close to it.

We spent a long time at the ruin in awe with its remains. If you look closely you can still see the mud hardened handprints left by the Indians on some of the inside walls.

Looking out from the ruins, the scenery was spectacular.

Suddenly we realized that we would now have to carefully maneuver our way back down without breaking our necks! It took a while. When we came across the waterfall it appeared to be much more difficult to climb down than on our way up, mostly because by then we were all exhausted and cold. We did however have enough strength to stop on our way home in Miami at a wonderful Mexican Restaurant called Guayo's El Rey at 716 Sullivan MIAMI, AZ. (I highly recommend that if you do the trip, take the time to enjoy the food at the restaurant.)

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2003-05-06 SUN_HIKER
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Headed to the Sierra Ancha with Elizabeth, Steph and Bella. We left Fort McDowell Casino around 6:15am and made the long drive to TH and started hiking around 9am. This trail starts off with a steady gain and rarely let's up. The first mile is relatively straightforward as you parallel the creek. It rained two days before and the area was saturated & muddy which made for a slippery ascent. It was very cold and fall colors were long gone.

It took some work and we arrived at the massive boulder plugging the creek. I led the way as we climbed up the ropes on the right side and passed through the rabbit hole. Everyone made it up and we see the main waterfall right around the corner. The lower creek had a strong flow but this waterfall was just a trickle. The rope aided climb and dry footing made for an easy ascent. Once up top, we continued up the creek bed. Most of this is rock hopping and mild scrambling. There is a short four foot section of mild exposure as you hug the left wall about 20 feet above the creek. We carefully crossed this and kept at it.

We finally left the creek bottom and started the final scramble to the ruin. This section is very steep and loose, especially after the recent rain. With much effort we finally arrive at the ruin and dive on in. The ruin is absolutely stunning and was surreal to see in person. This was my first visit. I first learned about Devil's Chasm back in 2010 and hard to believe I waited this long. We took our lunch and enjoyed the ruin. I took another walk through before leaving and can't help but wonder what happened here. It appears all the roofing beams have burned. I wonder if it could be from a forest fire or perhaps it goes back to the days this was occupied. Further research is in order.

After we had our fill we started our descent. I thought we might have a tough time but we breezed back down. Everyone did great and we all got down safely. We arrived back to the jeep and found a note on our car. Apparently a couple got their car stuck up canyon and wanted our help. They said they were walking out & the note was almost three hours old. Along the ride out, we got a flat and quickly changed that. A few minutes after that we came upon the couple sitting on the side of the road. They had cell service and said the sheriff was on his way to help. They were fine so we said goodbye and made the drive out passing the sheriff about fifteen minutes later.

This was an amazing trip and we had so much fun. Devil's Chasm is a fun challenge and a lot of work. Be prepared for an adventure and please respect the ruins. I'm really glad I got to see them and will definitely make another trip.


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After enjoying the guided hike up to the upper Salado dwellings at the Tonto National Monument, we rendezvoused with a good friend of mine for the highlight of this 4-day trip. The drive in on Cherry Creek was fun and scenic. Our planned camp spot was unoccupied and camp went up quick. Mary Jo had decided not to do the hike, so she took over camp and fed Craig and I a nice dinner. We sat around the fire for a bit and turned in knowing the morning would bring a fine adventure.

After a killer breakfast Craig and I headed over to the trailhead. One Jeep was parked there, as opposed to the 4 vehicles the day before. We got our legs under us on the gradual grade of the first bit of the trail. Route finding can be a challenge down lower, but we did pretty well.

After a half mile I was keenly aware of my sedentary summer. The chockstone obstacle turned out easy enough, though I'm not fond of tight tunnels. The waterfall was just fun, rope not needed (going up). We began to hear the folks in front of us pretty clearly around this time. After one section with some exposure, we came up on one of the 2 guys from the Jeep. He figured out we were there when we asked if everything was OK. His buddy was up on the side of the screaming loudly about how scared he was. They had gotten off the trail and taken a higher path which apparently had some exposure. We pressed on.

The last 700 or so feet up is a slog. The recent rains had made the ground slick mud. We kept a good interval since we were kicking down loose rock with almost every step. This was work, but at least we were close. Finally we spotted the dwelling directly above us.

Having been in 4 other Salado cliff dwellings, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. But this dwelling has some unique features. Craig and I enjoyed checking out the rooms, commenting on the design and engineering, pointing out 700 year old hand prints in the mortar on the walls. Hated to see that the huge metate has been broken. Neither of us were willing to climb out onto the ledge at the far end of the dwelling.

The other 2 hikers made it up, so we worked our way back out and had lunch in the first room. I was sitting with my back to the outside wall when Craig reminded me it was a long way down the sheer cliff face directly behind me and leaning back on a 700 year old wall might not be good from a longevity perspective. He also had an archaeological theory I hadn't yet considered. He thinks Salado women must have been really attractive, because no man who has ever walked the earth would go to the effort required to build such a great house so high up unless he was VERY motivated in a special way. Explains a lot.

We started back down moving about as fast as we went up, as in very slowly. We did play with the rope Craig brought along at the waterfall. That was fun. Our thighs were seriously burning as we got lower and lower. Finally we spotted the trailhead. That was the coolest hike I've done where my pace was sub 1 mph.

Back in camp, our hostess greeted us with appetizers, drinks, and best of all a shower in a facility she had constructed complete with a stone floor. After a great dinner and some good conversation around the fire we all turned in tired and very pleased with the adventure.
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This has been my most favorite hike in all of Arizona! The views, the challenges, the danger and the rewards! The trail disappears often so Route Scout was very handy! The fist obstacle is the famous boulder blocking the chasm and your way. The ropes are all in good condition as of 2-28-16. Its challenging but I'd say any fit person will have no problems at all. Just past this is the waterfall. The water was flowing pretty good and its a challenging climb. Once again if you are in shape this is not a big deal. But I will warn people the rope on the waterfall is becoming fray and untrustworthy if I can make it back I will replace it! If anyone in the near future is going up I would recommend taking a 75ft rope up and replacing it, you would be a hero to so many people! The rest of the hike is challenging and there is a small cliff side with small footing and it was wet and mossy and super slick....one slip and it was instant death. Just be careful and follow the trail to the top and you will be rewarded with one of the most amazing views in all of Arizona!

DOG NOTE....My 85 pound lab made this climb with us. It was something everyone said would be impossible but she made it and was the talk of the canyon from her feat!! She impressed so many! BUT HEAR ME.....I WILL NEVER EVER EVER do it again! And I am with everyone else on this....LEAVE THE DOGS AT HOME!

Enjoy this challenging and rewarding hike! Its one of the best or possibly the BEST in the state!
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Hike 2 for the day.
Another matter of taking care of some unfinished business and some wish list items.

Drive the entire 40 mile length of Cherry Creek Road (203) before it's closed. :next: Check
Drive the Back way to Young and then to Payson. :next: Check
Finally get to the Devil's Chasm Ruin site. :next: Check

After leaving the Four Peaks, this was next on our agenda. The 22 miles on Cherry Creek Rd getting to the Devil's Chasm TH was not bad with the only rough spots past Ellison Ranch. Even after all the rain they've had up there, Cherry Creek was low and easy enough for JJ to get through.... driving slowly :next: https://youtube.com ... qqkU

OK, So finally at the lower TH.
I'd tried getting to the Ruins twice before, but via the non-standard means. Both previous tries we tried to drop down to the Ruins from above.

We tried one route w/ Joe and Joel (Bart01) in 2010 before getting cliffed out.... and then again, including JohnLP and JJ3 in 2012, once again getting cliffed out, on a different route. hikearizona.com/x.p ... 8890


JJ's Thermometer on the Jeep said 102 at the beginning of the hike. It was at least the high 90's... and humid. I knew it's gonna be a slow one as I don't care for the heat. The hike itself getting to the ruins is a pretty one. The creek was flowing nicely and was quite pretty. There is an easy to follow trail that is pretty well cairned.

The slick rock areas were pretty with the canyon in the background. We made it up the boulder area with the ropes okay. It was a little slick for me with my shoes and I used the ropes a bit to aid me.
*** Note to future hikers, the rope that looked to be the best of the two, is no longer in place. It snapped on me on the way back down ***

As others have mentioned in the past, the climb out of the creek bed, up to the ruin is steep and loose. Tree branches, roots and rocks to grab on to, are your friend, both going up and down.

All the work was worth it to see the ruins. One of the best examples of a well preserved ruin I've been to (that's not tourist attraction). The stone work and "Hand Patted" masonry work was great to finally see in person.

At the Ruin :next: https://youtu.be/T7 ... sIJI

We chilled for a few minutes up top, trying to dry off. We were both drenched from the Hot, Humid hike up.

One wrong turn of the way down, but it's hard to get lost in a canyon. We rinsed off in the Creek before starting our next adventure, heading North on the next 19 miles of Cherry Creek Road, to meet up with the Back Road to Young.

Good times JJ.... now to continue on
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I spent Saturday hiking Pueblo Canyon Ruins with some friends, and almost chickened out Sunday’s hike to Devil’s Chasm Ruins. It is a good thing I did not want to look like a lite weight, because this was one of the best hikes that I have ever been on. A must do in my mind. It was a tough hike, but well worth the effort.
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What can one say? It lived up to the hype, both the hike :) and the trail : rambo : . Tiffani was in town for spring break and wanted to camp and hike. Wendy picked the Chasm. We all met at Globe (3 cars) and headed out for our quick weekend adventure. The CRV (6.7 “ground clearance) and Tonto Jr (8.5 “ground clearance) would barely be able to make that last 2 ½ miles to the TH/campground but we managed; though we both scraped bottom a couple times (could be driver error, hard to say).

Wendy and I had hoped when we reached camp we would claim our spots and then start hiking as we knew this was a tough hike; not sure the others understood. They started setting up camp instead and having a snack but no big deal. I decided to head on up ahead of the group.


It was a humid day and though the weather threatened, we only got sprinkled on a couple times and it was just a tad chilly where we had our lunch as you hit the bedrock of the canyon not too far from the chockstone. I followed the trail though at times I think I was a little off as I stayed closer to the creek but would always seem to meet up with what seemed like the main trail. There are some downed trees and such that you have to go under, over and/or around. At one point I jumped a bit as a big lizard :o that had buried himself in the dry leaves came up and out of them without warning me [-X . I tried to get a photo but to no avail.

Soon the group caught me and up we went until you are into the canyon with a nice vantage point above the trees. And then as you go through this one area of trees, you finally come out to the bedrock canyon. It is here that we had our long lunch it seemed. Looking up the canyon, you would think there was no way :-k to get up and over that huge chockstone. But obviously that was not the case. I knew the rope was there but that last step is a doozie! The rope did not have the tied knots so it was a little harder to hold onto trying to get up over the little boulder into the rabbit hole.

I went up first as I wanted to get pics and movies of some of the crew as they crawled up. Once out the rabbit hole (most of us took off our pack as it made it much easier) we continued up the bedrock part of the canyon. I was surprised that the next waterfall came so soon. There was also a rope there though not totally necessary; it allowed you to get up the waterfall much quicker. This waterfall barely had any water running down it. However, there were pools of water along the way and the view was :DANCE: .

From there it was a little hard to guess where you needed to go but we did encounter some hikers coming down who tried to explain where we should look to to get out of the canyon and UP to the Ruins. We found our way fairly well and then you eventually get up to a bit of a bench before the torture begins in earnest :gun: . From some Rx I did on the web:
“The hiking here is miserable. The ground consists of loose talus and fine dirt that rises in dustly clouds, covering your skin and clothes (my addition: particularly on the way down) and clogging your lungs. The trail is so steep and the ground so loose that climbers have to spread out to avoid being hit by debris dislodged by the person ahead.”


After that you top out on a ridge thinking it’s all done cuz THERE’S the Ruins. You would be wrong :oplz: as Wendy and I found out. You walk on an almost flat area for a wee bit till you round the corner by a boulder and realize it’s straight up again :wlift: on this loose trail. Even worse is that the sun was in such a bad place we couldn’t get a decent picture of the Ruins. Well at least they are close so soon you are walking over to them; thank God!

The Ruins are indeed spectacular and impressive. It wasn’t easy getting thru the door openings but eventually I got to get out on the veranda (rock ledge). THIS is where I wanted to take in the moment :y: . But it always seems you never have a long enough time to soak it all in and because of our late start and long lunch break, that would be the case this afternoon.

So we gathered ourselves together and most of the group took off quickly while Wendy, Tiffani and I took our time getting down; mostly because of the trail conditions being so difficult. I felt pretty good for most of it but would surprise myself by falling a couple times. One thing when you fall and slide, you make up pretty good ground that way.

Both Wendy and I did some rumpaging as well :D ; it just takes the effort out of having to tip toe down the slippery slopes. Fortunately you know that this whole situation would end sooner than later so you keep holding on for dear life until you’re almost to where you can see the creek and you know it’s mostly over. Now mind you, every once in awhile we could stop briefly to observe the fabulous scenery :kf: .

We meandered our way through the boulder section and as we’re coming off that little pour off with the moss I commented to Wendy that I didn’t want to get my feet wet cuz I’d slip and not more than two minutes later, that is exactly what I did! My elbow hit the ledge as I was going down. Yikes! But after starting to breath again after my momentary shock, I moved my elbow and it wasn’t broken so I was relieved. But, uh oh – there’s blood, and a lot for me. Well I gave my bandana to Wendy so she could wrap it below where the bleeding was (just below my elbow) :stretch: . Tho I was ready to move on, Wendy made me sit to gather my bearings a little longer.

And then we were off again. I was spooked and a little more careful but we made it down the waterfall and to the rabbit hole without incident. I was a bit nervous about getting over the rock and down the slippery area with my bad wing but I managed to do just fine even though I slid on my butt :DANCE: (just seemed easier and quicker than trying to get down delicately and upright).

Now to finish this off. It was pretty overcast by this time and seemed to get a bit humid again. I would go to get my bandana to wipe the sweat and realized it was tied around my arm. There also seemed more straight down sections ](*,) than I remember and more trees to get over, around, across, under or above. My hiking pole would constantly get caught up during this; I’ll have to come up with a plan B for the pole(s) as it gets very aggravating after a while. Wendy had my umbrella for a lot of the trip down as it was one of the casualties of getting caught up in the brush.

Successfully down it was time to wash out the wound to see what the damage was and Nurse Wendy patched me as she would re-do in the AM again :thanx: . She kept saying something about stitches… which in retrospect, I probably should have gotten. We had a wonderful pot luck dinner with some libations. I :zzz: pretty well for a change and the temp was perfect :D .

We were all pretty beat up so on Sunday, we hung around camp. I actually got to complete a full cup of coffee which usually never happens when camping or backpacking. We played “Cards against Humanity”. I finally caught on toward the end before we decided to have a snack and pack up.

On the trip out, we moved a couple rocks out of the road before proceeding but still managed to scrape just a little not to mention the boulder Tonto Jr scraped :cry: trying to get turned around in the parking lot. My tire pressure alarm went off but it appeared to be a false alarm. We had a wonderful Easter lunsup at Judy’s Cookhouse before heading home.


I’ve got 3 videos for you:
Video 1 to the chockstone - http://youtu.be/BzXiW79YprI
Video 2 getting by the chockstone and on up to the area before you start the really tough climbing, I mean hiking - http://youtu.be/Juo1dWhObLw
Video 3 at and thru the Ruins and back down (including some slipping and sliding) - http://youtu.be/DrtrEvilvQI

Thx everyone (nice to get my Tiffani booster shot, nice to meet the Tylers and Shannon, nice to see Wendy and Sarae), it was awesome! :y:
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Time to get out of our comfort zone, so we headed for a overnight camping trip to Devil's Chasm, Arrived just a couple of days after a huge downpour, which really cleared the air and the creeks were running strong. What a beautiful area, pitched our tent at the small camping area and got ready for the much anticipated journey the next morning. Awoke got some grub and off we went following the modern and ancient foot steps to the Ruins If your thinking or dreaming about making this trip, please take the time to do so, you will not regret it. So much has been noted in previous triplogs I cannot come close to how well they have described the beauty of this hike, so please check them all out and enjoy..... Looks like our GPS was in a ping pong game with the narrow canyon going up and on the way down. Would like to return and explore the other ruins in the area.
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This was an absolutely beautiful hike. Not an easy one though! Since the trail isn't very well worn, it wasn't always easy to find. There seem to be two trails, one that goes up the creek(nearly dry right now) and one that avoids it, so that got a bit confusing at times. The terrain is also difficult. Very soft dirt that tends to go sliding when you try to take a step, and lots of unstable rocks. It's also very steep in places and there is nothing to hold on to. I'd say that walking sticks/trekking poles are pretty much a necessity on this trail. My favorite part of the trail was climbing up the ropes along the creek. I felt pretty adventurous! Some of my hiking partners weren't feeling very well, so we didn't have time to make it all the way to the ruins on this trip. I definitely plan to go back and see them!
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Wow! :sl: Where do you start typing about this adventure? Ok, if you want to hear about the Ruins, you can stop reading now. We didn't make it... :sl: As if just the Creek and the incredible beauty of this Canyon wasn't enough, the Ruins will give me even one more reason to head back to this sweet spot... :)

Jersey Boy and I did it all today. Once I finally got him out of bed, we went Wading, 4 Wheeling (in a non-4x4), Car Washing, Hiking, Scrambling, Bushwacking, Canyoneering, Glissading, Climbing, and Rappelling... :o :D And I totally understand why people camp there overnight before doing this Trek...You could spend all day there and not even see the Ruins. Oh wait, we did... :D You definitely need time to do this one, especially if, after awhile, you involuntarily elect to not follow the Official Trail... :o :sl:

Just the drive in on Cherry Creek Road took 1 1/2 hours. Especially when you stop to wade the big Crossing and spend time contemplating whether or not your FWD Medium Clearance Vehicle can do it... :D It wasn't just about the Depth, it was about Depth and Water Speed... :o And then when you get past that, you get to see whether you can cut a street tire or not, on all of the Rock Fall/Landslide areas...Needless to say, I think Alex and I experienced some serious adrenalin moments before we even started the actual Hike... :sweat: But, for a non 4x4, I am loving that Vehicle more and more each day and I definitely pushed the limits today. I gave that SUV a very loving pat on the Dash when we were done and out. It suffered a few more "dings" underneath, but nothing's leaking, so I couldn't be happier. :y:

We started out on the Hike just a little later than we originally planned, but after the somewhat tense drive in, we were going for it! Naturally, I was slow on the up, and the up, and the up, but I expected that. I think the elevation contributed just a touch too. The Water, flowing down Devil's Chasm, was incredible and it was all I could do to not stop every 100 feet and take a picture. The Willpower dissolved when we hit the Slick Rock. It was just too good... : app : And then we get to the Rock! Wasn't bad at all. We used the Rope and practiced our Stemming Technique... :D Got above it and then the Photo Ops continued! Waterfalls, Cascades, Slide Rock areas...It was awesome. Scrambled around the next large Fall and continued just for a few minutes down the Creek to another Fall. Could not discern a Trail until I spotted a Trail above the Creek on the right, so we scrambled up to it. There was a Cairn or two up there as well.

That was our Downfall. Never saw the "Official Trail" again after that until we were coming down and saw some Hikers below us. Apparently we were pretending to be Bighorn Sheep instead of Hikers... :o The "Trail" basically went straight up and connected with other "Trails" that continued to go straight up. It was steep and loose as :pk: I used a lot of vegetation to help, some of which was that wonderful prickly leaved Scrub Oak... :sk: Alex consulted his GPS and we made a few corrections, but not the "big" one. We ended up at the base of the Cliffs and traversed around.

About 2 minutes after Alex decided that maybe we weren't just a little wrong, but way wrong, he started heading back down. I continued up and found a Rope dangling down a Cliff...So Alex came up and the fun really began. We were thinking that maybe this was the Waterfall we were supposed to "climb" but no...Found that out later... :sweat: By the time we finally said "enough", Alex figured we still had about 1/4 mile and 700 feet of AEG left to go to get to the Ruin. But, time was no longer on our side and I wanted to get the worst of the drive and the Creek Crossing under my belt before it got dark. So we headed down. The "Waterfall" with the rope became a first for me. It's the first time I have ever stepped off something and solely put all of my trust in a Rope. I can't even begin to describe that feeling and I know Alex ended up experiencing the same thing.

And then the "Glissading" began. For every step you took, you didn't necessarily lose a foot of elevation. Sometimes you lost 5. I ended up sitting down on some of it and just going for the ride... :sweat: Somehow, we managed to get back to the Creek in the same area where we left it and began the Scrambles down again. Made good time going back, except for the area where I detoured down into Creek to bypass another downclimb. I ended up in an unpredicted war with some Raspberry Bushes/Vines, and at one point, literally had to get my knife out and cut myself free. I was not only tangled up in it, but also impaled... :o :sweat: After the wack job to free myself, bleeding through my pants, I managed to get back to the Trail and Alex, who had found a better way... :sweat:

Get back to the car and start the drive out. The big Cherry Creek Crossing turned out to be even more "hairy" going out. You end up with the deep, fast moving part first with a different approach and you lose the momentum much more easily. For a split second, I also lost traction, but the Escape reached deep within and escaped... :pray: :sweat: Spent the rest of the Drive feeling the adrenalin crash... ;)

Stopped for a brief few at the 288 Intersection to clean out my pants and chain smoke a half a pack of cigarettes, as well as clean up my bloody arms... :sweat:

The Cure for anything that ails you after a day like today...Weeellll, Big Daddy's Pizza, of course!!! :DANCE: Another 1st for me today...After stuffing our faces on that fabulous Pie, it was back to town.

Adrenalin Spikes and crashes, bruises, stab wounds, scratches, dents, splinters, Raspberry Bush attacks, scary rope, incredible Waterfalls, Creeks, Cascades, and awesome company...Would I do it again? Absolutely! Would I leave out the detour and maybe visit a Ruin??? Most likely... :sl: Thanks for the great company and the Pizza Alex!!! : app : Let's do it again!!! :o :sl:
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The girl came back from her Mexico trip a few days early so this hike/camp worked out well. When asked what she'd like to do when she got back, all she said was, "I don't want to see anybody but you" - and once we had passed the hunters before Ellison Ranch, we didn't see another soul or vehicle the rest of the trip. She didn't even need to know where we were heading and was more than happy enough with the drive and the campsite right on the bubbling creek. It wasn't until the ruins actually came into view on the hike the next day that she knew what the final destination had been. The whole thing was a nice surprise.
The fall color spots were a nice addition.

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To Devil Trailhead
From town of Claypool head north on AZ188 towards Roosevelt Lake. Turn right on AZ288 and continue to unpaved Cherry Creek Rd. take a right to FR 203. Drive 19.5 miles on FR 203 to Ellison Ranch on the banks of Cherry Creek.

Cross Cherry Creek and begin the rough portion of the road past the Ellison Ranch for 2.25 miles to another creek. This creek flows out of Devil's Chasm, crosses the road, and goes through an aluminum pipe about 4 feet in diameter on the other side. Park your vehicle and hike up the creek. A very faint trail begins on the left side of the creek and heads up Devil's Chasm.

There is "ample" parking and a small area where people typically overnight camp prior to starting their journey up Devil's Chasm.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 126 mi, 3 hours 27 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 150 mi, 4 hours 14 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 204 mi, 4 hours 54 mins
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