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Fred Pranty Cabin & Ruin Site, AZ
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Fred Pranty Cabin & Ruin Site, AZ 
Fred Pranty Cabin & Ruin Site, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,293 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   1.46 mph
1,293 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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After the rough drive along FR 894, FR 134 & FR 1938 we knew we'd be able to drive past the cabin and down to Gun Creek, but what would be the point of a 3-day hiking trip if we didn't do much hiking?
:whistle:
Besides... if we had driven that part of FR 939 I'm sure we would have missed the best part of the hike. Yes, the part many folks who visit the Fred Pranty Cabin miss.
(Ah, but you'll have to read on to find out... oh wait, the triplog title already spoiled the surprise) ](*,)

About halfway from our starting point at the intersection of FR 1936 & FR 939 I happened to look up to our right and spotted what sure looked like a ruin wall at the top of Peak 4922. After zooming in for a few photos and getting a better look from a couple different viewpoints along the road we decided to climb up and explore it on the return leg.

We spent just enough time at the Fred Pranty Cabin for a series of photos in and out, including a snake that appeared to have been caught in the window frame and died.
:yuck:
Although we knew there were numerous mine adits in the area that fact was overshadowed by our growing excitement to check out the ruin site so Tracey took a break at Gun Creek while I scanned for at least one mine adit. The only one I found was in a spot not easy to reach and looked to be caved in a few feet in from the entrance so enough! let's hit the ruins!

Onward and upward... to the ruins we climb!
Thankfully we were able to follow a number of elk trails zig-zagging up the slope then Tracey and I split up, each following our own route to the summit. Yes! It was well worth the climb. While not much was left of many of the individual room walls, there were a good number of still-high walls. The best part was the curved wall of an overlook from where we could see the cabin.

Unfortunately this site was picked clean and even eagle-eye Tracey found not a single shard. (That would come later today on another mountain and not too far away... more suspense)

One video:
Wandering a Native American Ruin
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