Remote 8 room Salado Indian ruin site located within the Sierra Ancha Mountains. The ruins are on a scenic ridgeline at Peak 5074 below Mistake Peak. The hike is a short, mildly rugged off-trail route with moderate bushwhack. The surrounding views from the summit, including Picture Mountain and Four Peaks, are excellent. An excellent destination for those with a love for ancient Indian history and off-trail adventure.
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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High Clearance possible when dry
To hike From Punkin Center. FR71 - FR609 - FR1413 - TH
(Special Note) From Punkin Center, FR71 crosses Tonto Creek before heading to the trailhead. The crossing at Tonto Creek is gravel only and can be dangerous to cross for long periods of time following heavy storms and periodically throughout the spring during heavy snow runoff. It is advisable to check the CFS stream flow the day prior to your trip to ensure that you won't be driving all the way over there for nothing. Typically, any number higher than 200 CFS is not advisable without four-wheel drive. When in doubt, wait ten to fifteen minutes for one of the locals to cross so you can see how difficult it looks. See USGS Website for "Real-Time Water Data." Select station 09499000 "Tonto Creek Above Gun Creek, Near Roosevelt, AZ" from the "Statewide Stream Flow Table" for current CFS.