400’ Chasm Falls “laughs and plays” all alone in the high Mogollon Mountains of the Gila Wilderness
The best place to view Chasm Falls is from on top of the opposite canyon rim straight north of the falls. The inspiration
one feels while standing on this point... is beyond words.
name- Chasm Falls
GPS coordinates- ±33°17.255’N 108°42.532’W
best season- wet times like May of a wet year or July and August rainy season
accommodations- Gila Wilderness
ownership- Gila National Forest
access- 8 miles on trail with some bushwhacking and game trails
nearest town- Glenwood is about 10 miles west of here
fun fact- Gila high country’s BEST…!!!!! …but hard to get to…!!!!!
This information will help you gauge the moisture content of the area to get a feel for how the good falls will be flowing.
Big Dry Creek in the high Mogollon Mountains is as rough of country as New Mexico has. I have both hiked and floated in the Grand Canyon and I declare upper Big Dry Creek an equal in it’s grandeur. We lost count of 15 to 40 foot high waterfalls as we engineered our way up thru the 1200’ high Big Dry Creek Cascades. This steady string of waterfalls is almost one-mile long and provides a “canyoneering” experience second to none.
From Golden Link Cabin, five hundred to one thousand feet high, sheer-walled terraces climb peaks towering more than a half-mile overhead. This is as grand as mother Earth gets. The four hundred foot free-falling ribbon of lace called Chasm Falls cascades into this canyon from the south... in splendor that very few know New Mexico even has.
Golden Link Creek enters Big Dry Creek from the north, just above Big Dry Falls. It has two high waterfalls of it’s own 70’ high Lower Golden Link Falls and 200’ high Golden Link Falls. Golden Link Creek’s lower half-mile is all steep whitewater that cataracts thru a 600’ deep twisting Chasm... with awe-inspiring wild grandeur. More waterfalls wait to be found up each of the three creeks that desend the north slopes of 10,658’ Sacaton Peak.
Hanging Rock Trail and Silver Drip Trail are the two most direct routes into the upper Big Dry Creek drainage. Both have been abandon by the National Forest Service. We will soon loose these “two most spactacular trails of the Gila Wilderness”. They are both marked on the map below as “unmaintained trail”. If we outdoor-people use these trails and care for them each time we hike them... they will be preserved... otherwise they will be lost.
Chasm Falls is just out of sight within a sheer-walled alcove in the middle right-hand side of this photo.
Big Dry Creek Falls is found in the middle right-hand side of the map below.
Or click on this link to see a new updated & enlarged map: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/BigDryMapN.htm
Enhanced USGS 7.5’ topo map
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