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Upper Perry Tank Creek, AZ
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Upper Perry Tank Creek, AZ 
Upper Perry Tank Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking3.50 Miles
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
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I like to look around on Perry Mesa and I figured this would be an interesting walk.

The Perry Tank Windmill is at the head of this Agua Fria side canyon. The wash "digs" gradually, and within a mile or two is ~500' deep as it drops from the windmill. There are large Perry Mesan ruins on both sides of the canyon and I know from a previous trip (lower in the canyon) that the ancient inhabitants spent time near the "permanent" pools and left petroglyphs and bedrock metates.

Bloody Basin Rd. and the minor Perry Mesa dirt roads have suffered from the recent rains but had mostly dried out. The wash itself was fairly wet making more pools than usual...no problems for a walker though in this shallow part of the canyon.

I know from previous visits along the west-side edge that the inhabitants did a lot of grinding (metates galore) and that the petroglyphs there are faded, suggesting (to me anyway) that they are older than many of the other local ones.

As I started down the wash I very soon started to find bedrock metates (mostly ovals, a few circles) and faint glyphs. I passed several pools and in almost every case I found petroglyphs. Some of these were very old - no color at all, just texture. I continued to the main pool, the only one I'd been to before. This is an impressive place with a high walled ruin hidden by trees and a lot of faded glyphs on the rock wall above the brown pool (last time it was green).

I planned to go further but I had seen enough for one day and looped back to the car.
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