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Tule Creek Ruins, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 927 feet
Elevation Gain -131 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.72
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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China Dam and Fort Tule
10  2019-02-12 GeeEss
14  2009-02-21 skatchkins
Author skatchkins
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 22
Photos 3,278
Trips 222 map ( 770 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Sun  5:36am - 7:35pm
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Because it's on the map
by skatchkins

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Another one of those, "Getting there is half the Battle," type trips. 4 Wheel Drive is a must for the hill climb, although there are three different roads you could essentially come in on. For this report, we'll use the passage through the old mining town of Columbia. Not too difficult, this road due to its steepness and loose rock should not be considered during wet weather. The road passes numerous named and unnamed mines and gives way to great expansive views rolling all the way out to Lake Pleasant. When the road touches the beginnings of Tule Creek, the hiking begins.

Route finding is accomplished by following the creek downstream, as any footpath has long been erased. Be prepared to bank dance from side to side as the thorned vegetation closes in often. This will add to your trip distance and time. After only a few minutes in, a ruin almost closed over by trees, can be found. Although it is quite small, it still offers a chimney. The other ruins lie at the end of the journey down to the spring. There are plenty of holding spots for water, so be aware of wildlife. Near the destination, there is quite a drop where Tule meets another creek. Going around to the right is the best option, and the set of ruins on the East bank can be seen from this vantage point. Once this site is reached, the last set is visible back across the creek. This site is the largest, with at least two separate buildings and some lower structures below.

Time to turn around, or if planning for a longer day, one could hike the rest of the way downstream (2.5 more miles) to the Old Fort Tule building and foundations.

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2009-02-23 skatchkins
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Go North of Lake Pleasant, then get the old topo maps out. Quickest and easiest way - At Lake Pleasant, take Castle Hot Springs Road to Crown King Road. At N34 00'13.4" W112 19'20.4" turn right onto trail. Continue through the ghost town of Columbia, crossing Humbug Creek and taking the steep switchback road up towards Tip Top. When the trail touches Tule Creek, put your hiking shoes on.
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