Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Devils Canyon sans rappel

Posted in Southern & Central Arizona by canyoneering on May 5, 2009

NOTE: Jumping at height into pools of water can be dangerous. Care should be taken to check to make sure that the water is deep enough and that there is no debris hidden just below the surface of the water.

Devils Canyon, 3BIII
3.7 miles
Tonto National Forest
04/05/09

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Chris and I had been talking about doing a complete descent of the technical section of Devils Canyon near the Superstition Mountains without rappelling. The technical section of Devils Canyon features a series of waterfalls that plunge into deep pools. With early Spring runoff filling the pools to above normal levels we decided to go for it. Before Chris and I would jump into the pools Laura would rappel to the bottom and check to make sure the water was deep enough and that their was no debris hiding under the surface of the water. The highest jump was 60- feet and definitely got my heart going and my adrenaline pumping even before I took the leap. I hit the water just right and it still felt like IMPACT. It was the highest jump I have made to date. An exciting way to approach a short but exhilarating section of technical canyon.

-David

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