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Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.55 mph
1,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Been wanting to do this one for a long while. So why not do it on Christmas Eve?

Met some friends at the I-17 pull off and parked the vehicles. Worked out way over to the gate and started up the old abandoned jeep trail. We went up and up and up. Easy way to gain the elevation though. Finally began to bushwack our way up to the northern end of the mesa and then across the top of the mesa to the ruins. Lots of rocks just big enough to twist an ankle and plenty of thorny plants and cactus. Lots of deer tracks too, but we never saw any deer.

The ruins are impressive. Tall walls, well defined rooms, commanding view. I am totally amazed at the amount of work that had to go into this fortress. Just think of these people, relatively small by present standards, working to sustain their lives and finding enough energy left to collect and stack all these rocks. The caloric investment alone is enormous.

Had lunch and admired the views. Seems there is always great conversation when on one of these little adventures.

Started back and did some little side explorations. Near N34 07.025 W112 07.879 there are large trees in a wash. I scrambled around and found a nice seep, which in wetter times is likely a spring. While I was doing that our group found an area of pottery shards at the above location. We suspect there was once a dwelling or perhaps an area where food was gathered or prepared. Didn't notice and particular rock formations that might have been a structure.

Always fun to go explore these old sites. Great hike. Tough footing, so you definitely work for it. Now to head home to some nog and presents. Merry Christmas all you HAZers!
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