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Hohokam Hill, AZ

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Warning! Technical climbing skills required. Risks include serious injury to death.  Risks are not eliminated by skill.
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,244 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.15
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Dogs not allowed
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37  2016-01-19 Mountain_Rat
Author Mountain_Rat
author avatar Guides 11
Routes 106
Photos 676
Trips 219 map ( 2,167 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Jan, Dec → Early
Sun  6:57am - 6:17pm
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Honestly, because it's there.
by Mountain_Rat

Likely In-Season!
Over the first couple of month of 2016, I've been intrigued by a book entitled "The Rocks Begin To Speak". This books attempts to shed some light on the fundamentals of rock writing by native cultures. In testing some of the authors claims and theories, I set out to the Sutherland Wash, north of Catalina State Park, where I knew of a huge sampling of petroglyphs. After a number of visits to the area, and some basic interpretation of some of the simpler writings, it was obvious that the prominent hill, to the east was of some importance. I counted no fewer than 6, obvious references to it in the, over 250 pictures I had taken. So now, all I knew, was that this hill was important, but had no clue why. The next logical thing to do, seed to be climbing it.

I picked a pleasant days to climb the hill, and used the basic routes that the rocks writings had suggested. One to ascend and the other to descend. Upon reaching the peak, I was no more enlightened by it's importance than before, but the views from up there are amazing. It required a notable blood donation, over some of the loosest terrain I've seen to bag this little guy, but I think I would do it again if I were out that way. If for no other reason, just because it's there.

The track I've posted is but the way I chose to approach this hill. There are no trails to or from the hill in any direction that I could see. I do feel that the routes that I utilized were the best ways to approach it and I believe that those routes are recorded in rock writings on the boulders below.

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2016-03-02 Mountain_Rat
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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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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike & climb trip
From North Oracle Rd and Golder Ranch Rd in Catalina, head west for approximately 2 miles until the pavement ends, and you cross a cattle guard. Once over the cattle guard, turn sharply north and travel about 6 tenths of a mile where you'll see a corral on the east side of the road. Turn east at this point and follow the road as far as your vehicle will allow (this should be easily another 6 tenths of a mile). From your Parking point, hike the road to the beginning of the hike.
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