Kyle pretty much summed it up. Checked this one off the list after much research and bushwacking. Refreshing to reach a dwelling with no graffiti. In enhancing the inscription looks like something like J. Woolsey or J. Whitley 1927? Almost completely faded.
According to the info. I've have read from the sources 1248-1312 cutting dates and core sample of 1316 although they say ceramics indicate earlier. I saw more corncobs at this one site than all the others in the Sierra Anchas and the entire Grand Gulch trip combined.
This has been on my list for a long time as it was 1 of only 2 that had still had the Gila site tags intact when visited for follow up research.
As the from here on named Kyle the Heartless mentioned, I did fall butt first on a particularly nasty cactus. A first for me. Fortunately the success of the trip came minutes afterwords providing much needed adrenaline to tide me over until my loving wonderful wife removed the ones I could not blindly remove myself.
As the name implies much bushwacking, through thorns, over dead fall in snow ranging from 6 inches to waste deep. A majority of this hike was in snow which was enjoyable.
Really enjoyed this hike. Kyle the Heartless
commented during the hike that all the hikes I take him on are short (he usually hikes twice the distance). He promptly fell asleep in the truck on the way back to town.
Hoping to get back out to the Sierra Ancha for some more sleuthing Tuesday.