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Devil's ChasmGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2013
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   0.57 mph
1,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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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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Along Cherry Creek Road (FR203) between Coon Creek and Devil's Chasm TH.

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At Cherry Creek Road (FR 203) Crossing.
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