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Table Top Wilderness East, AZ
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Table Top Wilderness East, AZ 
Table Top Wilderness East, AZ
Hiking16.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   11 Hrs      2.00 mph
3,300 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break30 LBS Pack
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
The mission was to check out the east end of the Table Top Wilderness.

It takes a considerable amount of time in the field to gain an understanding of a region, and this hike would add another piece of the puzzle.

The first destination was Indian Butte. I figured it might be a good place to look for Indian artifacts, stone buildings, and petroglyphs; given its name. After hiking up and around the area, I was unable to find any remnants of ancient peoples or culture, just an old spotter position that had been mothballed for the summer.

At the north end of the butte are dozens of fenced enclosures, each about 100 feet square, made with T-posts, barb wire, and hardware cloth. They are part of a biology/forestry experiment that attempted to isolate saguaro cactus from the surrounding area, to protect the plants from some sort of critter.. tortoises? Many of the fences have fallen over and the experiment appears to have been forgotten or abandoned. I will see if the BLM office on Central knows anything about it, and float the idea of letting me have those corner T-posts…fat chance!

It was a perfect day to be out hiking the desert: overcast, rainy, temps in the low 90’s, etc. Despite the excellent weather, my mojo was not very good on this day and I ended up taking a few slams, the kind of falls that lead to hard and pointed objects. I blame it on a steady diet of hot dogs, doughnuts, and energy drinks as of late; need to change that up a bit.

It was a slow day out there, not much more to tell. Perhaps I should be thankful that each fork in the road led to the mundane. They say be careful what you wish for, you may get it.
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[ checklist ]  Trash Hauled Out
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[ checklist ]  Indian Butte
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