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Denton Trail #69Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,097 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   1.56 mph
2,097 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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After our hike yesterday seeking the non-existent Sycamore Trail it was time to hit a known trail, but first a short jaunt to the Circle M Spring. The concrete tank was dry and the spring nothing but a small algae-choked puddle so back to the Jeep for our drive to the end of FR 422A just past Big Pine Spring where we would pick up the Denton Trail.

Some two-plus years ago we had driven out FR422 and rebuilt the cairn where the Arizona Trail #21 leaves FR422 for Bushnell Tanks. After the cairns were complete we checked out the Jolene Mine and El Oso mines area and had a little time to wander so we had hiked part of the Denton Trail.

So for our last hike of the weekend we figured we'd take Denton Trail a bit farther than before. Not all the way down, just a bit since Tracey was having some heel issues. Just about time Tracey was ready to turn back she manages to call my attention to what appeared to be a ruin site some distance below and south of the trail. Zooming in on it that's exactly what it looked like... only it was down the steepest slope encountered thus far so I left it up to her whether she felt it was worth the extra effort.

Thankfully it WAS worth the effort... it was an old ruin site after all. :y:
At first we thought it may have been a temporary shelter built by cowboys in the late 1800's but once Tracey found some potsherds we knew it was more than a cowboy shelter and began looking closer. Tracey came up with a small arrowhead and what may have been a cutting tool. Or... I suppose it could be some wishful thinking. Whatever, it was a nice find.

Time to head back uphill again, but we took our time, taking in the scenery and for the first time in two days we saw Four Peaks out from under the clouds that had been visiting all weekend. Even when there was plenty of blue skies earlier it was always in a shroud.

Since Tracey had never been on FR 143 El Oso Road down to Tonto Basin and it had been almost 10 years since I had we initially thought of going back that way, but tacking on an extra 40-some miles meant another $10 in gas for the Cherokee... so since my budget likes saving as much as possible, we opted for a fast drive back down to AZ 87.

Fast it was... Tracey, hang on! Just under 49 minutes to go from the FR143/FR422/FR648 junction back to the Beeline. It would have been less but for a number of ATV's and other vehicles we had to follow until they either tired of holding us up and pulled over to let us pass, or for one who had no clue we were behind him, a blast of the air-horn and we zipped by anyway. Speed up, stop or get-out-of-the-way!
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As fast as Tracey could handle it without barfing it still doesn't approach my best time back in 2004 when I had an old beater Toyota Tacoma 2WD pickup... 29 minutes. It helped there were no other vehicles but it still meant plenty of four-wheel drifts along with at least one head-bump on the roof. Ah, those were the days... I can't afford to break things now. (the vehicle or my bones)

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