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Devil's Canyon HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 30 2019
Canyoneering7.65 Miles 2,296 AEG
Canyoneering7.65 Miles   11 Hrs   17 Mns   1.07 mph
2,296 ft AEG   4 Hrs   9 Mns Break
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I have heard of Devil’s Canyon, but have never had the pleasure of hiking into this amazing area. I was invited by a friend, Richard Webb, to hike in. He has visited this place many times over the years. We were joined by another friend of Richard’s, Riguel.

We drove in as far as the road allowed and then opted for a counter-clockwise loop. Heading up the road that skirts the western side of the canyon. From there, we dropped down into the pool area.

With all the rains, the east facing slope going down to the canyon was awash in wildflowers. Poppies, lupines, scorpion weed, daisies….the entire mountainside was like a giant nursery! The grass was extremely high as well. That made for some navigation issues, but we made our way down across and down to the pools.

The waterfall at the first pool was flowing strong. The creek was running the entire length of the hike. We opted to not drop down to the pools and decided to climb up along the canyon edges. We hiked over to the ledge above the second and third pool.

We had a nice lunch break and decided to head back up the canyon to complete the loop. I had read triplogs from this hike, so I knew what I was getting into. This was definitely a rough slog to get back to the road. Boulder hopping, bushwhacking, cliff climbing. We moved very slow as all three of us like to take pictures (and we are SLOW…ha ha). There was no shortage of subjects, that is for sure.

We finally made it to Hackberry Canyon for the exit out. The climbing out was a little crazy, as the water was flowing along this creek too. The “dry” falls, was running and very slick. That took forever to get up and over. It was getting dark at this point as well.

We made it back to the truck and felt good about that!

I have to say, I was blown away by the beauty of this place. The sear walls, the cactus, the riparian beauty and of course, the waterfalls and pools. The rugged hike took it’s toll. I was sore and ripped up pretty good as I decided that wearing shorts would be a good idea on this hike (it was not). Thick catclaw, overgrown grass, dense poison ivy fields and lots of debris from the high water that flowed through the canyon last month made for a tough go. But, it was worth every cut and bruise, for sure.

I am not sure what future awaits this place. The mine to the north will impact this beautiful canyon in a negative way, I am sure. That is a shame, as this place is a true treasure.
"Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee." –Demetri Martin

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