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Cerro Colorado mtns X2, AZ
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Cerro Colorado mtns X2, AZ 
Cerro Colorado mtns X2, AZ
 
Hiking Mar 18 2012
RedRoxx44
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Dashed out to see what the weather would bring. Wanted to get the high point. Couldn't get the road I wanted, closed off. Took another way, which added some distance. Started out and soon heard "Hola"--- and met Carlos from Mexico City. He was lost and hungry, I gave him some crackers and a lecture. I oriented him, then told him to get shelter soon with the storms and cold coming in. He was in jeans and a light windbreaker. I think he went to the road and got picked up by border patrol. I advised him to go home, get his papers, and cross at Nogales legally, it couldn't be that hard.

Onward, I decided I wanted to gain the ridgeline. Lots of cactus, ocotillo and rolling volcanic rocks. Heavy winds and great views. Once I got to the top it wasn't far but the wind was just about blowing me over and it was biting cold. I decided to head down because the canyon below me was very interesting. I ran across a rock outcrop and well concealed shelter. It has been dug years ago and had not been visited in a long time. Lots of pottery shards of different types and broken metates. Lots of worked pieces and some scrapers along with shards down the hill from the shelter. Soon I got to the tank I had seen from above. Old stone work and new concrete. Cross country back to car, saw an overhang and this one had a few grinding holes and a neat walkway with more shards next to the rock face.
The little canyon rocked up and there were more surprising pools of water. The car was one ridgeline over but I followed the little canyon for a while then cut over.

Great few hours, and will return. Becoming a fascinating little getaway spot.
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