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Devil's ChasmGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking3.82 Miles 2,251 AEG
Hiking3.82 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   1.36 mph
2,251 ft AEG      30 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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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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