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Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2013
Hiking7.37 Miles 1,363 AEG
Hiking7.37 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.46 mph
1,363 ft AEG      54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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7 am and it was still hot. Bring 6 bucks per car and there were envelops. .2 miles in from parking is the river. If it is flowing you will need to cross here so prepare. Crossing was no big deal and the water was nice. The mud on the other side was something else. We pushed up the hill and out into the desert. Luckily we noticed we were off course before we got too far. Heck, it looked like the right way and I was having trouble bringing up the route posted by Oregon Hiker at first but my GPS decided to cooperate eventually. Flat and hot with few options for shade is the name of the game here. There are some pretty tall eucalyptus trees a quarter of the way in, right before the white bluffs that offers a good spot to regroup. After the eucalyptus break are the white bluffs which stand out against the green and red back drop. This is where you really start your assent to the top indian mesa. The whole way around the back side is up hill and then eventually about .2 miles from the top is a steep scree push that intimidated the family that had come out the same time we did. Around the south west side of the mesa is the way up which was not immediately apparent. In the last few feet is where we same a few millipedes. First time I have seen those in some time. Maybe first in AZ. There are quite a few rooms to explore and the views of the river basin are pretty awesome. I would have liked to have seen the wash come down from up here...but then there is the crossing. We hoped to be closer to the lake so we could do some swimming but maybe another time. The way back we may pretty good time. We caught up with the family who didn't make it. Said they would come make in December. It is true that it was hot out but that is why we started early and really moved our feet. I'll tell you what that water was fantastic to sit in for 20 minutes or so. The icing on a pretty great close to the city rarely hiked hike.
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Cow Millipede
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