username
X
password
register
for free!
help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Generic
5 Photosets

2019-01-12  
2018-12-05  
2014-10-19  
2014-01-25  
2013-01-12  
Chalk Canyon Ruins, AZ
mini location map2013-01-12
21 by photographer avatarHansenaz
photographer avatar
page 1   2
 
Chalk Canyon Ruins, AZ 
Chalk Canyon Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking9.50 Miles
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.15 mph
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I'm surprised that this location doesn't seem to have been logged at HAZ before. It's "low hanging fruit" in that it's not hard to find or get to and it even appears in the new edition of Dave Wilson's book "Ruins Seldom Seen" as one of the closer ruins to Phoenix.

From the Spur Cross trailhead I took Spur Cross Trail to the Cave Creek Trail (#4). The trail contours across Chalk Canyon and when I got back to the shelf (~90 min) I left the trail toward the Cave Creek rim. No mystery as to the ruin's location as the satellite view (HAZ Route Manager) shows both a distinct rectangle (an excavated ruin shown on Wilson's website) and a long chevron-shaped perimeter wall.

I took my time wandering around looking for old habitation signs but I didn't see much until I got to the ruin (except for a minor cluster or petroglyphs for which Oregon Hiker had sent me a waypoint).

The ruin is quite extensive with a lot of walls and surrounding petroglyphs (mainly not too impressive). To me the most interesting parts were the excavated rectangular room (with some doorway detail) and the heavily overgrown perimeter wall. As usual the site's location is very nice with a commanding view of Cave Creek far below.

I decided to drop straight down toward the impressive glyph panel located next to the horse path near the creek - I thought there might be some interesting things along the way. I did find one place where the rocks had some decorations but the steep, loose descent is hardly worth the trouble...I'm sure the hilltop inhabitants knew a better way down. I took the horse path back to the Spur Cross Trail and the car.
_____________________
HAZ Member
Hansenaz's
429 Photosets

  2013-04-13
  2013-04-06
  2013-04-06
  2013-03-24
  2013-03-16
  2013-03-02
  2013-02-24
  2013-02-16
  2013-02-09
  2013-02-02
  2013-01-22
  2013-01-19
  2013-01-12
  2013-01-05
  2012-12-26
  2012-12-17
  2012-12-08
  2012-12-01
  2012-11-25
  2012-11-17
1 ... 15,  16,  17,  18,  19,  20,  21,  22  
helpcommentissue

end of page marker