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Devil's Chasm - UpperGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2008
RedRoxx44
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
2,200 ft AEG
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We---Brian and I---decided to try to get into an arm of Devils Chasm from above. We studied the map and noted some contour lines that might get us by the steep cliffs common to the Sierra Ancha. We camped the night at the TH for Moody Point, then drove toward the Lookout, taking the road that branches off to the right and dead ends at a picturesque ranch, private property. This is the TH for the Murphy Ranch trail and another that heads toward Reynolds Creek. We followed the ranch trail, in good shape with lots of downed trees to climb over and under, but easily followed, and you could see some trail maintenance of the past. In a while of zigzagging through the partially burned off pine forest it tees into the Rim trail. We hung a right and followed that to where it went by an interesting and deep side canyon with vertical walls. We left the trail there and headed toward a little point with a bulge inward of the main canyon walls. Here we found a steep but treed gully heading down. Fortunately we found an animal trail to help us with the steep downhill, a knee buster. It soon became brushy, with some still colorful maples. The drainage became more defined and soon we were descending step like little dry waterfalls. We contoured out some but the steepness drove us back in. We came to the canyon bottom just above an awesome about 75 foot pouroff in a rock slit.
We took our packs off here to explore up canyon. Again some fall color,little pools and grand walls rising. To go downcanyon we had to do a cliffside traverse to the right LDC.
We elected to stay high and traverse along a cliff base to look for ruins and or caves. We found a nice overhang which had a small area of formations but because the room didn't go back far enough to be out of total sunlight it does not meet the cave definition. I took some photos nonetheless. The bushwacking was truely brutal but had the upside of us finding masses of grapevines with little grapes very sweet and tasty so we soon had purple hands and tongues.
We reversed our route and took a slightly harder route out through some unstable talus slopes. We found some bear dens, evidenced by many old piles of scat and some broken brush indicating the transit of large animals in the area. One den was secreted by bushes and a very nice level low alcove some 20 feet in length. Would make an incredible bad weather campsite ( except for the bears).

This little trek took most of the day, due to the terrain, but quite a beautiful area and one I would like to visit again. The elevation I noted is one way, and is mostly lost/gained in about 2 miles of the hike.
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