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Moody Point Ruins via Deep Creek TR#128
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Moody Point Ruins via Deep Creek TR#128Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2008
Grasshopper
Hiking12.80 Miles 3,927 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   1.73 mph
3,927 ft AEG
 
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This seldom mentioned and hiked Sierra Ancha Wilderness- Deep Creek TR#128 provides a 3rd way to access the ~700 year old Salado Cliff Dwelling/Ruins Site up from the Moody Point TR#140. As I discussed in my HAZ hike description for this in and out hike, I do believe this 5 mile(one way) trail provides a better option than hiking to these ruins from either the north TH access at the Workman's Creek area via the Moody Point TR or the south TH access at the Leisure TH(off Cherry Creek RD-FR203) via the Moody Point Trail.

Depending on your interests and hiking level, this day hike would be a nice drive and day outing just hiking in 5 miles on the cairned, easy to follow and scenic Deep Creek TR to its intersection with the Moody Point TR(at 5450ft), then returning back to your beginning TH start at the remote Bull Canyon TH(at 4825ft).

For those wanting more of a hiking challenge with additional payoffs for more effort required, then consider doing this entire 6.4ml one way route via an interesting and challenging route-finding hike (with ?trail? overgrowth) by continuing down the Moody Point Trail and up to this ancient cliff dwelling site. This complete 12.8ml R/T hike will assure you a real workout with only +722ft of elevation gain, but with enough trail and off trail "ups and downs" to tally an AEG of 3927ft..see this hike description's "elevation profile" for what your body will surely confirm :sweat: and still a very enjoyable and rewarding hike!

Just wish I could find a way to entice more of you into experiencing our wonderful Sierra Ancha Wilderness trails! Ken and I have one more published S/A trail hike to have finally completed them all over a past 3.5 year effort. Maybe after final completion, a celebration dinner at Joe and Preston's favorite-Chalo's La Casa Reynoso in Globe, or Al's favorite- Guayo's El Rey in Miami.. :DANCE:
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