Devils' Chasm Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roosevelt, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,565 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

rocky

scramble

historic site

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike, a lot of fun!! be prepared to climb over a house sized Boulder and some steep terrain. Roughly 2.2 miles each way, the last quarter mile or so is pretty steep but well worth it.

24 days ago

trail is actually 4.4 miles (2.2 one way) last quarter mile is.the hardest to the ruins....alot of climbing and loose dirt. this is a must do, bucket list trail!!!! bring water and snacks and enjoy the never ending scenery and.be prepared to be blown away!!

1 month ago

Amazing hike! Definitely gets steep and in some spots the trail seems to disappear. The end results are well worth it, and there are more ruins than just the main ones.

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Hammock camping preferred cause barely any level ground throughout trail. Bring long sleeves and pants, water falls during spring and fall but dry up in summer, very rocky and went off trail easily several times, use all trails to find way back. The payoff at the top is incredible. An all time favorite im AZ

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

Devils Chasm is beautiful. The views here are unlike any other canyon we have hike. The trail is not marked well so the trek up was slow trying to find the right path. There are several rope sections which were fun on the way up but daunting on the way down. Footing was key so we took our time. This is a very remote location and you must drive +20 miles on a dirt road with the last 1.5 miles requiring an SUV with all terrains. I would not recommend this trail if you are inexperienced in navigating OHV trails where cell service is hours away nor if you are a beginner hiker.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This was a great trail! The nature scenes were spectacular! To the ruins and back to the trailhead, is close to 5 miles. Gps was having a tough time tracking deep in the canyon. I took my trekking poles, which I did not use. Too much steep climbing. Most places you really needed your hands free to navigate up and down. I loved the challenge of this hike. I would have rated as moderate not hard. But definitely plan for a 5 mile hike.

hiking
muddy
scramble
3 months ago

Definitely need a high clearance vehicle to get to the TH, but well worth the bumpy ride in. The views are exceptional and ruins are well preserved. We had an added bonus of waterfall after waterfall. There are a few sections that have rope for assistance as well.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

The conditions today made this a moderate to difficult trail. There are 3 difficult areas, all on the last third of the hike. 1) A boulder the size of a house that you must scramble up with the help of a rope through a small opening (you might want to take off your back pack and squeeze it ahead of you), followed by 2) a climb up a waterfall also with the aide of a rope. The stream was flowing hard enough that the entire wall and rope were soaking wet. I opted to climb the cliff to the right, which was sketchy going up, but would have been difficult coming back down, so I used the rope for the descent. 3) The last 400 yards is straight up hill to the ruins. You will be on your hands and knees. In the spring it is slippery decomposed granite, in the winter it was a mud slick. Tree roots and tree trunks will help you get through it, but it will give you a great workout! Lots of loose rocks that will be kicked down the trail, so keep some space between hikers. A couple of tips, wear layers, this time of the year sunlight hardly hits the trail. You will be warm while you are moving, but cold when you stop. Wear hiking boots/shoes, something with a grip. Too many wet surfaces for tennis shoes in my opinion. I saw a couple of dogs, people I thought too large to climb the falls, but they all made it, you can too, just be careful and be prepared. One of my favorite hikes. Great scenery with waterfalls and running water, oak trees, pine trees, majestic rock outcroppings, and an amazing intact piece of ancient history to bask in and ponder.

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

Sick views the entire way. Took a lot of pics. The ruins are extensive and impressive. Great to explore and relax. Some fun rock climbing and boulder hopping. A couple narrow ledges and areas of climbing on loose dirt. Wear good hiking boots and you'll be fine. Don't do this one if you're scared of heights. The trail was 4.4 miles round trip. Requires a high clearance 4x4 or parking 1.5 miles short of the trailhead and walking the rest of the way.

hiking
off trail
scramble
7 months ago

It’s fun going up can be hard and slippery for some. Be prepared to take toilet wipes if you are scared of cliffs and going up an obstacle that has a rope to assist you going up it. A stick definitely helps. The trail can be easily missed on the last stretch to take you to the ruins.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Do not underestimate this hike. It is extremely difficult and only for experienced adventurers. You will need to scramble using ropes in vertical sections. Final push to the ruins is very steep and all skree (loose rock). Coming back down is a nightmare. Easy to lose the trail in the drainage area; pay close attention to not miss the trail on the right that heads up to the ruins. Any missed turns leads to serious bushwhacking. Definitely not a good one for those with fears of heights. My recording says 8 miles, my phone said 5.8 and my Fitbit said 7.2 miles; not sure which is accurate but it’s definitely longer than advertised on here. Have fun, be safe!

hiking
7 months ago

Does anyone have the coordinates of the cliff dwellings/end of the trail (destination)? Thanks in advance.

Showing results 1 - 12 of 65