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15 by photographer avatarrwstorm
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Devil's ChasmGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2009
rwstorm
Hiking2.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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After giving Jeff a look at the area the previous weekend on our visit to Camp Grasshopper, we decided to go back and join a group from Phoenix that was going to the cliff dwelling. It was an AHOTE/Take a Hike group I think, lead by wallyfrack. They were carpooling from Fountain Hills, so we tried to estimate what time we should arrive at the trailhead close to when they would get there. It is about a three hour drive from Tucson, so we left pretty early. We didn't want to complicate things for them, so we just were going to show up unannounced. It had stormed during the previous week so there was plenty of water flowing in Cherry Creek at our first crossing. I had been looking at the flow reports from the USGS Cherry Creek gauge and knew the flow was going to be higher than I had dealt with in the past (about 40 cfs that day). Pretty much smooth sailing up to the crossing at Ellison Ranch. When we got there the flow was strong enough to give me pause about just plowing through. We parked the truck and decide to wade out along the crossing path to be sure about it. Brisk flow, but mostly a little less than knee deep, except for one spot near the other side where it was above the knee. We were pondering what to do when another truck drove up and we were blocking his way, but he said not to worry, and backed up and drove over to another spot to the left of the main crossing, looked at it, and successfully drove through. This made Jeff and I more confident and we had no problem where they had gone. Then it was on to the parking area for the hike. Nobody was there yet, so we knew we beat the Phoenix group. We decided to hang out there and wait for them to show up. It was about 1030, so we figured we wouldn't have to wait long. Not so. We waited until nearly noon, and by that time figured they may have had a problem back at the stream crossing. We debated about driving back to check, but instead headed up the trail. Lots of water was in there, so I wasn't comfortable thinking about the moves at the waterfalls ahead with wet shoes. We got to the first fall and I decided that was enough for me. Jeff shimmied up and continued on to the second waterfall, but came back shortly and said it was fairly treacherous and didn't want to go on without me. So as we were taking a break by the first waterfall before heading back, we heard voices coming up the canyon. The group had finally arrived at about 115 PM! We visited briefly and they told us what happened, we said goodbye, then Wally lead them successfully up to the cliff dwelling. :) I went back up later in the year and there was a nice rope installed at the first waterfall. Found out it was placed there by the group that day. That was a pretty rough day up there, with one jeep getting a flat in the creek after being unable to cross, and one of the hikers falling and injuring his wrist.
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