Devils' Canyon Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roosevelt, Arizona that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Wow! What a hike! First off, make sure you have a high clearance vehicle for the 22 miles of off-roading to the trailhead (the last 3-4 miles are the roughest). Depending on time of year and the water level and flow of the major water crossing (cherry creek), 4x4 may be a good idea to have.
On to the hike, the trailhead will be on your left side in a shaded area where you'll see a Leave No Trace sign (I passed it bc my GPS said keep going). The hike is divided into 3 parts, 1) a forest/shaded area that leads into the canyon and goes along the left side of the creek, 2) the canyon where you will climb a two waterfalls (ropes are already in place), and 3) the final climb to the top through some more shaded area and soft/loose soil that feels like one step forward and two steps back. There were several cairns along the way to help guide you especially in the not so sure areas, so keep an eye out.
Absolutely beautiful views the whole way, and the ruins were amazing! I would describe this as the most challenging short hike with just over 2,000 ft elevation gain in the 1.5 miles up. Worth it, a must do!
1) A 2wd truck or SUV would be a minimum to get to the trailhead. There are a few spots that are a little rocky, but our 2wd Tahoe did just fine as far as clearance and drivability on this road.
2) It is good to have some form of GPS with you on this hike. We turned right and hiked up the face of the mountain too early and ended up looking like a bunch of big horn sheep hiking up the face of a sketchy cliff.
3) The ropes were all in good condition.
Awesome hike. Fairly easy in the daylight, but make sure you leave yourself enough daylight to hike back. It was a bit difficult hiking back down in in the dark. All-in-all it was well worth the 22 mile bumpy dirt road to get to the trail head.
one of my favorites in az. difficult but short and well worth the hike and drive to goto the ruins. a must see for any true hiker. many of other trails around that are great but this one is the best.
This is a dangerous hard to find trail at best. The Ruins are great, but to say it is a strenous aerobic exercise ia an understatement.. There is a falls that you need to scale and much of the trail is narrow with severe drop offs so one has to be careful. The trail is sketchy and hard to locate in several places. Plan for an all-day hike as the vertical climbs are strenous and no fear of heights would be a desirable trait. Remember what you scale to climb you also have to come back down through. Suggest a rope for safety and don't go alone. High clearance vehicle or quad desireable to reach trailhead.