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Black Mesa Little Fort and SE Canyon, AZ
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Black Mesa Little Fort and SE Canyon, AZ 
Black Mesa Little Fort and SE Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2014
Hansenaz
Hiking7.20 Miles
Hiking7.20 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   1.30 mph
 
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I got a tip from my wet-dry mapping partner that there was a fort on the island mesa north of the one with the well known Black Mesa Ruin fort. I could see it on the satellite view and thought it would make a nice short hot or wet weather trip.

Shortest approach would involve some risky parking off I-17 so I thought it would be better to park at the bottom of the hill at the Black Mesa Ruin spot. In practice I missed that location and with one shot at plan B I ducked behind the guard rail - perhaps not legal, but well off the road.

It was short but steep up to the mesa top and I found the fort at the south end to be impressive. Not quite a match for the one a kilometer to the south but still good. There were a couple small ruins and pottery sherds just north of the fort. I also found more pottery and a couple petroglyphs on the NE corner of the island mesa.

Because of my fortuitous parking spot all this didn't take very long, I decided I would head up to the main part of Black Mesa and try to go to the far SE point. Along the way though I came across a cleft that looked interesting. There were a few drops at the top which reminded me of the decorated spots on the west side of Black Mesa. The waterfalls had many of the same "Hopi-style" glyphs that Schoonover studied at Arrastre Creek. Very cool.
Also like those west side drainages there were a few grinding spots upstream from the waterfalls.

Anyway this was enough fun for one day. I'll get to that SE finger another time.
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