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Cave Creek 6L Ranch East, AZ
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Cave Creek 6L Ranch East, AZ 
Cave Creek 6L Ranch East, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2014
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,245 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   1.38 mph
1,245 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked up Cave Creek Canyon from the Spur Cross Ranch trail head to the site of the old 6L Ranch. I wanted to check out what looked like an old road bed on Google Earth leading from the 6L Ranch property up the east side of the canyon. This old road departs the canyon floor near the old rusty pickup truck wreck about a half mile before you get to the 6L corral. I also wanted to revisit some Indian ruins along this route which I had found a few years ago.

I quickly found the start of an old road where it left the bottom of the canyon and followed it a short distance up hill to where it disappeared into some brush and also appeared to be washed out. Striking off "trail" I reached a bench on the side of the canyon overlooking the 6L Ranch property below. The Indian ruins I had visited before are located on this bench. A more thorough investigation on this trip revealed it had been a small compound consisting of several rooms surrounded by a rock wall. Pottery sherds were in abundance. This ruin site had not been identified in the 1974 archeological survey of ruins in the Cave Creek drainage although several others in this area had been identified. It's always nice to find some ruins the archeologists overlooked.

After snooping through the ruin site I headed uphill towards the location where I had seen the old road bed on Google Earth further up the side of the canyon. Sometimes features that look like an old road on GE turn out to just be a natural geological feature but this one turned out to actually be an old road. I followed it along the side of a small drainage where the road bed had been dug into the side of the hill but it disappeared once it reached more level ground. My overactive imagination wanted me to think this was an old stage coach route but I suspect this was just an old ranch road which connected with Cave Creek Trail #4. While in the area I snooped around for more Indian ruins and found the remains of a few rock walls and lots of pottery sherds scattered about near Cave Creek Trail #4. Although this was far from being an impressive site it was a new find for me. I enjoyed a leisurely lunch with a great view of the area while pondering what all those Indians were doing up here some 700 to 800 years ago. Then I followed Cave Creek Trail #4 back towards Spur Cross making this hike a lollipop loop.
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