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Doll Baby TH to 4104, AZ
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Doll Baby TH to 4104, AZ 
Doll Baby TH to 4104, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2013
Hiking3.49 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking3.49 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.55 mph
765 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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This was a short but fun, mostly jeep trail hike with my dad. He comes along on a lot of my hikes. It would have been a piece of cake in the winter months, but the heat turned the easy climb pretty into a pretty rough walk. There were a bunch of cows everywhere near the river, as you can generally expect to see when hiking in this area. But don't worry if you see them glaring at you with a crazy look in their eyes, they are usually benevolent.

We climbed up out of the river bottom without seeing any indication of Sedge spring or Surprise spring which are apparently not too far off the trail. The trail is actually just a washed out road that allows access to the Arizona trail from Doll Baby trailhead. After about 1 1/4 miles of not-shaded hiking we saw a foot path leading back south off the main trail up towards point 4104. It's marked with pink ribbons, and there is a tiny bit of boulder hopping involved to get to the top of the cliffs. Once we got up there, there were some great views of North peak and the surrounding area.

The views were nice but the old ruins up there were the best part. I have no idea which ancient culture constructed them but they have definitely been around for a while. It made for some interesting speculation as we sat down and ate lunch near the tall rock walls. There are a lot of old dwellings like this one in the Payson area, but this one is probably the biggest and best preserved that I've encountered. Well worth the short hike if you're into that sort of thing.
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