Forget The Bait
Comb Ridge is noted for the abundant Indian Ruins. This moderate hike delivers on what most people visit this area seek. Family friendly and at least eleven sites by my count worthy of visiting.
The hike starts at the southwest corner of the parking area and immediately crosses Comb Wash which usually has water in it, then up a hill which is pretty common on Comb Ridge hikes. Initially the trail is well marked and follows a fence line on the left.
The trail is very sandy and is like walking on a beach. Desert gaiters certainly make it more pleasant keeping the sand out of the boots. Basically uphill for the first half mile, the trail then drops into Fish Creek. From this point the trail is up on the south or left bank. At about 1.25 miles another wash enters from the left, stay right. At about 1.35 miles watch for a Granary on the right across the creek, site 1. At about 1.5 miles, watch right for the first set of ruins, site 2. A side trail goes over to it. Continuing on the trail site 3 is just around the corner, about 10 minutes walking time to the next set of ruins.
The sandy trail continues from this point crossing the creek to the south side where you will encounter a gate, please close. The trail becomes overgrown at this point with several choices. Pick what suits you and continue about 20 minutes to a very scenic section as the canyon walls start to rise. Come around a bend and you should notice another grainary ahead on the right, site 4. Site 5 is another grainary. Site 6 is another Granary at the base of a big cliff. Continue on to see 5 more sites of varying interest. This trail description ends as the creek approaches McCoyd Canyon and Owl Creek which hold many more ruins.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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