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Lousy Canyon Ruin Loop (North), AZ
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Lousy Canyon Ruin Loop (North), AZ 
Lousy Canyon Ruin Loop (North), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking13.70 Miles
Hiking13.70 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.79 mph
 
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This was not a lousy canyon loop but rather a loop that passes by the ruins on the north side of Lousy Canyon on Perry Mesa. I had earlier thought about doing a big "rim loop" on central Perry Mesa but my previous try http://hikearizona.com/triplog=82111 just covered the northern part, and so today I went back to finish the south section.

I parked just short of the Perry Windmill and walked sometimes on the jeep road and sometimes cross-country. I skirted the southern flank of Joes Hill on my way to the Agua Fria River overlook rim. There are odd pottery sherds almost everywhere on Perry Mesa but they got dense as I approached a ruin high above the river. As is typical in the area, the ruin itself is slightly raised above its surroundings, overgrown, with obvious collapsed loose stone walls. It might have been my imagination but I thought much of the pottery was "redder" than usual coinciding with the "redder than usual" surface rocks on the rim here.

I didn't find any petroglyphs at the ruin but as I continued south along the rim, and crossed a drainage I did find some glyphs. There was an unusual, spectacular glyph on an outcrop along the drainage but probably this was made by the "Basque shepherds" 100 yrs ago rather than the Perry Mesans 700yrs ago.

I was expecting to find ruins on the SW region and tip of the mesa but I didn't. Just seeing the power lines dive off the edge was interesting though.

I had to cross another deeper-looking drainage to get to the vicinity of the Lousy Canyon Ruins. Along the way I disturbed a sleeping rattlesnake who got quite indignant - I swear he "roared" at me a couple times and it sure got my attention. I haven't had that happen before.

The twin north side Lousy Canyon ruins are pretty large. It looked to me like some of the walls had been built up (those shepherds?). I found some petroglyphs there: many faded and one or two vivid....hard to be sure what causes this (differences in time? skill? those shepherds?). I found only one nice panel just east of the eastern ruin. Possibly there were more on a lower cliff band I didn't have the time or energy to explore.

Walking back to the car I passed two other areas with concentrations of pottery pieces. The second of these was on a nice bench above an interior drainage and some piled rocks were under the bushes - probably a small habitation site.

Made it out the "bad road" just in time....not sure I want to wrestle with that one in the dark...
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