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Henderson Trail #53Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2013
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.30 Miles 404 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles
404 ft AEG
 
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This was the last day of a 3 day trip to the south boundary of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and my fourth short day hike into the red rock mountains along the north side of Henderson Trail #53 to search for Indian Ruins. For this hike, I drove to the end of FR181 and the location of the trail head for Sycamore Basin Trail #63 where it enters the wilderness. This is also the location of the east end of Henderson Trail #53.

From the trail head I hiked north west cross country to a ridge top and then followed that ridge line west to the red cliffs. I traversed around the north side of these cliffs and searched for a way to hike up to a series of benches on top of the cliffs. After several attempts to climb short cliff sections and retreating due to my fear of climbing exposure, I found a safe route to the top of the first bench. There were the remains of ruin walls for a small structure on top of this bench with a commanding view of Sycamore Basin to the north and the foothills descending to the Verde River to the south. There were several other minor wall remains along this bench. I needed to start the drive home by noon so headed back to the trail head where I encountered two hikers who had just hiked up the Packard Trail to see the Packard Mesa Cliff Dwellings. The younger member of the duo was talkative and wanted to know how I had driven to this location. The older guy did not look happy and was probably wondering why his young companion had made him hike all the way up Packard Trail to see the ruins when they could have driven there in the young guy's Jeep Wrangler. I didn't mention that it takes 2 hours to drive the 32 miles of dirt road from Jerome to the end of FR181.
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