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Devils Chasm N Fork Area Meander2Pk4333, AZ
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Devils Chasm N Fork Area Meander2Pk4333, AZ 
Devils Chasm N Fork Area Meander2Pk4333, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2016
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Hiking2.50 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   0.60 mph
977 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Three of the past four years that Oregon Hiker and I have been doing our mid-March week Vehicle Camping/Hike Explorations off Cherry Creek Road-FR203, I have been bugging him about including the lesser know and explored North Fork of Devils Chasm as one of our planned off-trail day hikes. Finally this trip we had it on our day hike itinerary. It also made better sense this trip to include it as we were camping a much closer distance mileage wise to the TH Start. With a couple of scenic stops, it still took us an hour drive to reach the TH Start due to the slow 4WD-ing time.

We started our hike initially up the main Devils Chasm South Fork Canyon Trail then at a WP location viewed on my posted GPS Route, we left the main trail and crossed over the canyon drainage to parallel up the drainage on the creek side that would branch-off to the West into the North Fork Devils Chasm section. When we reached this split area of the Main Canyon South Fork / North Fork [ photo ] :o , I looked at Larry and Larry was soon looking at a second option approach (Plan B), a lesser known Ranching Route right next to us that climbed up the embankment and out of the canyon drainage.

After viewing the above photo scene which was the off-trail start of the North Fork section, holy :pk: .. We thought that this defined ranching route up and out might just be the ticket around the congested bushwhack that would lie straight ahead. We opted for this Plan B and as we continued to commit to its scenic and interesting route leading us north and later NW into a whole new world of interesting stuff we had not viewed before. After some time we were committed to this Plan B route and later realized that it was not going to bring us back around to enter the North Fork of Devils Chasm.

Our Plan B route proved to be a winner with an ending summit of Topo Maps Peak 4333 and even though I still can't say that I explored into the North Fork of Devils Chasm after many years of anticipation in doing so, I can say that I still had another very rewarding hike day in our Sierra Ancha Wilderness that never disappoints :D
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