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The Devils EyeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   0.83 mph
1,120 ft AEG
 
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Last Fall @friendofThundergod, his sidekick Katie, and I hiked out to the tip of upper Moody Point on the south side of Devil's Chasm. Looking across the Chasm we saw a cave in the upper most cliff band on the north side high above the well known Devil's Chasm Cliff Dwelling. A zoomed photo of that cave showed a glint of light at the back of the cave leading us to suspect that it was a window passing completely through the cliff to the other side. We agreed to come back this spring for a closer look.

The hike down the Moody Trail #140 and along the Rim Trail #139 went quickly. The trails are in fair shape although there are a number of downed trees across the trail and the wicked New Mexican Locust is encroaching on the upper part of the Moody Trail. There was also an unexpected small patch of Poison Ivy in the trail. The off-trail section along the top of the ridge between the North and main forks of Devil's Chasm goes through a scenic lightly forested area with patches of manzanita and scrub oak. No major bushwhacking was required. Side trips to the Chasm rims on each side are worth the extra time to check out the amazing geology in these deep canyons.

The steep down hill descent to reach the bottom of the cliff band was a little sketchy. Some butt sliding may have been involved on my part. The traverse along the bottom of the cliff to the window location had a few sections where a slip down the slope could take you over the side of the next cliff band below but we took our time enjoying the views and had no problems. @friendofThundergod got excited about what looked like some good rock climbing routes up the cliffs. He got sidetracked climbing up one section but finally got refocused on going to our planned destination.

The window was pretty awesome. After considering several names for it we settled on calling it the Devil's Eye which seems appropriate because it looks out on both forks of Devil's Chasm. It's difficult to imagine what freak of geology led to its formation. Finding signs of ancient Indian habitation was an added bonus and of course the canyon views are spectacular.
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