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Jake's Corner Ruin, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,817 feet
Elevation Gain 270 feet
Accumulated Gain 261 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.25
Kokopelli Seeds 2.31
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Ruins
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,553
Trips 1,333 map ( 6,795 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Sun  5:40am - 7:22pm
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Roadside Ruin And Glyphs
by PrestonSands

Lying on top of a little hill overlooking highway 188 is another in a series of Salado ruins in northern Tonto Basin, near the little village of Jake's Corner. During the time I lived in Jake's Corner, I'd planned many times to check out the top of this hill. "Well, maybe tomorrow", I always thought. On a beautiful spring afternoon after having moved from Jake's Corner to Payson itself, the opportunity presented itself for a ruin hunt and exploration.

After parking at the corral along forest road 184 just north of Jake's Corner, I decided on climbing the north slope of this unnamed hill. As I plowed up the rocky slope through the jojoba and mesquite, the words of an archaeologist friend came to mind. "Ancient people were not that different from us. They chose their home sites based on the availability of food, water, shelter and safety." This hill satisfied those requirements in my mind. As I neared the top of the brushy hill, I noticed how much taller it seemed than when I'd studied it from the bottom. Arriving at the top, views of the Sierra Anchas and Mazatzals surrounded me, with lesser hills of pinkish dirt below them. Suddenly I noticed the work of man: a wall of ancient black rocks stacked waist high among the jojoba bushes. Then more walls and remnants of rooms began to appear among the jagged outcroppings of black schist and high desert scrub. I was not the first person in modern times to come up here, as I noticed that some of the rooms had been dug up by pot hunters, sadly. This ruin was probably the size of the fortress atop Black Mountain, which was clearly visible to the north. After enjoying this old dwelling in the high desert, I began my descent of the hill, and soon reached the corral again. A short distance away, a sandy wash ran through a miniature slot canyon, at the base of the hill. Curious as to whether the ancient inhabitants of the village above me had made any use of this notch at the bottom of their hill, I set off again.

Passing the site of aptly named Mud Spring, walls of ancient black schist began to rise above me on both sides. Unknown persons had carved their initials into the rock walls long ago; one of which was dated '89", looked to have been carved in 1889. Near the far end of the little slot canyon, I came across what I had been looking for: petroglyphs. Carved into a squared-off boulder were a variety of plant, animal and geometric shapes. Worn into the bedrock below the boulder was a metate and a flour grinding hole. After taking some photos and studying the glyphs, I returned to my truck at the corral with a feeling of satisfaction after having indirectly met my ancient neighbors.

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2007-01-29 PrestonSands
    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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    To hike
    From Payson, head south on AZ highway 87 to its junction with AZ highway 188. Turn east onto highway 188, and follow it about 3.4 miles to Jake's Corner. On the north side of the road across the highway from the Jake's Corner store is forest road 184. Turn left (north) onto forest road 184, and follow it for about 0.35 miles to a dirt parking area on your right, next to a corral. Please note: the fenced area next to the highway, just south of the ruin and petroglyph sites, is private property; please be respectful of it!
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