|Northern Devils Canyon
Desert Canyon with several Sport, Trad and mixed crags throughout.
Northern Devils is accessed in one of two primary ways. Enter the northern end of the canyon via FR 342, the dirt road on the northern side of the US60 at approx mile marker 231, drive up to the power substation and park on the north side down the hill. For southern section of Northern Devils park on north side of US60 at approx mile marker 232 in pull off w/ a blocked off dirt road. This leads to an old picnic/ campground in southern end of canyon... hike in. GPS tag is for Parking near power substation.
56 Total Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
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Sendero D'oro 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
: Central Arizona
: ... : Troll Hut
The left route on the Troll Wall. The best access to the start is to climb Working Class and lower down to the next lower level. You can also boulder down from the belay of Working Class. Climb the steep, pocketed face, staying to the left of bolt 3 to avoid ledgefall potential, and clip anchors shared with Working Class. Two new bolts (#1 and #3) were added to the three original hand-drilled bolts to ease this line oujt of the R/X category and back into G/PG status. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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Northern Devils-photo by Jeff Gibson
Curtis in Northern Devils Cyn
BETA PHOTO: Diamond Dog
BETA PHOTO: The saddle is where the trail from the road ends a...
BETA PHOTO: topping out the amphitheater.
BETA PHOTO: Stormwatch Wall
BETA PHOTO: Stormwatch Wall
a heart in the middle of n. devils canyon
|Comments on Northern Devils Canyon
|By Colin Haverkamp|
Apr 16, 2012
I know others have used the JI ranch road (pull off to the right over a cattle guard) to park, scrambled up to the power line road to hike into the top of the amphitheater and storm watch wall. This weekend we came back to notes under the wipers of our 2 vehicles threatening a tow, so I'd advise against it unless someone establishes access with the landowner. Not sure whether parking in the pullout just outside the cattle guard would be advisable either.
From: Petersburg, WV
Mar 10, 2013
Trail update 03/10/2013:
Having hiked through the canyon via several trails in the last three months, let the guy who built most of the first trails back in the mid-90s offer a word of advice:
Every "direct approach" trail leading to and from the Amphitheater, Pocket Plaza, or the Stormwatch Area is eroded, overgrown, and otherwise in complete disrepair. I don't know or truly care whether this comes from the impact of herds of free range cattle (a major problem) or the fact that 99 out of 100 climbers are too lazy, stupid, and/or self-centered to fix the trails they damage (an even bigger problem, based on my 30+ years of observations and mostly solo trailwork across the U.S.A.)
The source of impact is beside the point... this is inexcusable. Three of us built these trails, and managed to maintain them for four years, despite cattle and rain, heat and cold. It's obvious that the publishing of a mini-guide brought out plenty of climbers... it's a shame that none of them seem to have been responsible adults.
At present, the best way to approach the Amphitheater, Stormwatch, Pocket Plaza, or the South End is to park at the power station or over the hill at the old Wind Ridge pullout and campsite. From here, hike the main trail down the wash, passing below the Solstice Tower and Boy Scout Wall to reach Diamond Dog. Drop down into the canyon, cross the creek if it's flowing and follow the old road up steep, loose switchbacks to the east rim. Follow a cairn-marked trail south and slightly west to reach the top of the original Stormwatch Wall, then continue south, below the Safari Big Africa boulder and the upper tier of Amphitheater climbs (Ronin, Driving Miss Crazy, Spring Break, etc.) to drop in on your chosen area and routes. To reach the base of the original Stormwatch Wall, head south from the point on the old road out of the canyon where you pass below a large, rotten formation directly opposite the wall to the south. A faint trail leads to left end of the Wall.
|By Mark Mueller|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 8, 2013
I didn't think the trail was that bad, I took it all the way to the top of Stormwatch. Some slippery sandy sections could use some solid rock stances but honestly this trail was no worse than many other Arizona climber's trails... Lots of new hardware on the routes at Stormwatch. Very much appreciated!
From: Petersburg, WV
Apr 29, 2013
Maybe it's just the perspective of remembering when the trails were great, instead of "not that bad".
Glad you got to check out the new hardware. Unfortunately, I left some of the anchors in place when we got rained out. Cheers to anyone who finds my booty... hope the biners find good homes!