We (my wife Pat and 2 Yorkshire terriers) decided to do this hike as we had just bought a weekend home in Payson and wanted to do some local hikes. The weather forecast said it had a good chance of rain so decided to get out a bit early (for us) and had a few spots of rain getting there but really no rain on the hike, but it did get very windy. This hike ended up being more a Tonto Creek hike rather than a hike to the Gisela ruins which we had a hard job finding. Setting out we followed the directions on the website and parked just after the houses on the right hand side. It looks like there could be more than one way to the creek but we followed the 4x4 trail straight on and found the creek which was a lot larger than we thought it would be, not sure if there had been a lot of rain but looked more like a river than a creek. Anyway we found a spot to cross over without getting too wet, there seem to be a lot of small boulders to go over (not too difficult) before getting to the 4x4 trail again.
Now on the east side of the creek we headed downstream and we saw a large insect carry back a (presumably dead) other large insect. Check the photo out as I have no idea what either of these two insects were. While on the 4x4 trail a large deer ran out right in front of us, not time to get a photo unfortunately. We further wandered down the creek and could see that this had not been hiked for a while, the path (that we took) was not particularly clear, we looked for a better trail could not see, we ended up going down to the creek again as there did not seem to be a way forward, so we walked across many boulders, etc and took some pictures, got the GPS out and found out we had gone too far and the ruins were back a little and way above us. So as it was windy and rain threatening we decided to go back rather than try to find a way up the side of the mountain.