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China Damn/ Tule Ruins/ Indian Mesa, AZ
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China Damn/ Tule Ruins/ Indian Mesa, AZ 
China Damn/ Tule Ruins/ Indian Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2014
Stoic
Hiking2.60 Miles 918 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.11 mph
918 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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I went out and played North of Lake Pleasant. I hit a couple ruins sites that I have been wanting to visit.
My first destination was the old China damn and tunnel. The damn is collecting a lot of debris behind it. I did stumble across a Geo Cache at this site. If I was to do the damn again, I would have parked off the main road and hiked the 4x4 trail in. It would add a 1/2 mile round trip. The road is rough and narrow. I hiked about .41 miles and spent 20 minutes in the area.

Next stop was the Tule Creek Fort and Creek ruins. I walked the site, looking at the house, dogs grave, and the shed. Pooch lived to be 10 years old, impressive for a dog in the 1930s. I then hiked up to Tule Fort. Its an easy off trail hike. I took my time going up and coming down. I hiked 1.15 miles and spend almost 2 hours in this area.

I then drove to Indian Mesa. This section of the road was worse than the rest. There where a couple of challenges on this section of the drive. Half way up the trail, I started hearing voices. First human contact of the day. There where two hikes from AZOTC at the top. The wind had picked up and was blowing hard. The hikers and I took shelter in one of the ruins and talked for a while. They ate their lunch and we talked about other hikes in the area. Over all I was impressed with this site. I wasn't expecting the amount of rooms here. I hiked a little over 1 mile, and spend 1hour 20 minutes here. Overall a good day. There are a couple more things I want to see in the area, so I will be back.

**All the roads from the Cow Creek Rd turn off are rough roads. Experience with 4x4s and high clearance vehicles is a must. Some parts of the road put my experience and my truck to the test.
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