|Hiking||2.50 Miles|| 2 Hrs || ||1.25 mph|
|240 ft AEG|| || || |
We attempted to do a trifecta of Tonto Basin Ruins that included Jake's Corner and Black Mountian Ruins. Unfortunately, we came up short on the Gislea Ruins.
Directions to the trailhead are easy enough to follow and it's accessible to smaller vehicles. There is a lot of trash near the trailhead as apparently the area is used as an unofficial junkyard.
From the trailhead we followed the trail until it emptied out at Tonto Creek with a large bare rock area on the west side of the creek. After crossing over we followed the old jeep road until it ended at a spot overlooking the creek.
From here we were uncertain if we went up the rocky slope or down to the creek bed. Since we didn't see a way down we chose to follow the barbed wire fencing up the hill. Wrong choice! And we didn't realize it until we got to a spot that overlooked Cocomunga Canyon. So we back-tracked down to the jeep road and found a spot to drop down to the creek.
From there we walked the bare rock along the creek and to the mouth of Cocomunga Canyon but couldn't find a easy way up the slope to the ruins. With the skies looking threatening, the fear of flash flooding and a little frustrated from our wrong turn we decided to call it a day. Maybe next time...
|"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"|
- Frank Turner "The Road"