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Cold Spring and Pueblo Canyon Ruins Tour, AZ
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Cold Spring and Pueblo Canyon Ruins Tour, AZ 
Cold Spring and Pueblo Canyon Ruins Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking6.78 Miles 2,395 AEG
Hiking6.78 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.68 mph
2,395 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Our plan "A" cancelled for the 2nd week in a row because they've had 11" on rain in 2 weeks there. As far as plan B's go.... This one Rocks Big Time! It was put together at 9pm the night before.

First, I challenge anyone to get down Cherry Creek Road to the TH any faster than JJ. There were 3 water crossings, all a piece of cake, even the final Cherry Creek crossing. It's definitely a high clearance road past the last Cherry Creek crossing, some might attempt it w/o 4x4, not sure I have the nards to give it a try. Saw some deer and Javelina on the way in, as well as numerous Vultures, sitting on fences next to the road, eyeing us.

Up to Cold Spring Canyon Ruins first, just less than 1.5 miles and 1100' of AEG. The trail is easy enough to follow to get into the ruins. This a 3 level Ruin, not all that big, but they had some great views. with a couple of verandas. One at the South end, one at the East end.

Off to Pueblo Canyon Ruins next. This is a whole nother type of ruins area. If you only have time for one while in the area, this is the one. The hike itself is 100x more interesting.

If you start at FR203 (Cherry Creek Rd), this is about 2.6 miles and 1600' of AEG to get to the farthest ruins. A very picturesque hike once most of your elevation is complete, you get your first views of the Ruins on the north side. You'll be following the contours of the canyon at around 5300' under alcoves, in the riparian area, past less impressive ruins, past the old mine and then you make your way under the waterfall when you start turning back to the east to the 3 main ruin sites.

We took our time going through these sites checking them out. We went around the corner so JJ could check out a scree field for a possible future assault from the top to this ruin. As he was gone for his 15 minutes of checking, I took an hour and 10 minute break.

The skies were getting darker and it was starting to sprinkle, so we thought it best to get it in gear and get on that road in case we got a deluge like earlier in the week.

A great hike and adventure.. I finally got out to this area... Now the Devils Chasm is the next to get off the list.

Thanks for driving JJ Andretti!

Now a plug for JJ's Real Estate selling abilities.
Can he actually sell me a broken down property? They are kind of long, but that's what happens when you hike with a salesman.


Disclaimer.. Pay no attention to the dollar values or room quantities. He's a Realtor and does not have to be correct. Videos will be too long for most.

Cold Spring Canyon Condo :next: http://youtu.be/J-RUUg0oT-Q
Pueblo Canyon Estates - North :next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzel9Di_oVs
Pueblo Canyon Estates - South :next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHskTeIDudM
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