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Workman Creek Ruins, AZ 
Workman Creek Ruins, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2015
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,503 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.14 mph
1,503 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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This, the first hike of our 3-day weekend was only intended to be a stroll from our campsite along Forest Road 487 and back. However... once we passed the falls and glanced up to where we knew the ruin site was, well, we've skipped it on enough other occasions we might as well git'er done!

And so we did. The very steep climb on loose terrain wasn't exactly what was best for my again-ailing left ankle. But while it hurt on the climb, it actually felt quite good the rest of the weekend. Maybe the workout strengthened the muscle? Who knows.

Once at the ruins there was a lot less than we expected to see. From our viewpoint across the way from the summit of Carr Peak last year, at least from what I recall I thought it was still more intact. But then, even though it is a steep climb, being so close to a well-traveled road by hikers, campers and hunters it's what you'd expect... no artifacts and a number of walls 're-built' in a haphazard manner as to detract from the history of the site.

With not much of a rocky overhang it's easy to see that nature did more to destroy the site than anything else, but then it's been 700+ years since it was built. According to the dating of wood found at the site (V:1:133) the first part was built in about 1292 A.D. and possibly an addition was built about 1320.

After we finished wandering around the site Tracey noticed a path heading farther up, and since we saw a cave from the road we thought we'd see how far up the trail went. Well, it went all the way to the top. As is the case so many times in the Sierra Ancha, we had awesome views!

We wandered around a bit, spotted a rock cairn about a 100 feet above the ruin site and headed over that way. It was in a spot I really found no reason to climb up to it so we didn't. From the top I noticed something yellow well below us but couldn't tell what it was, so I zoomed the camera all the way and it looks like the yellow flashing light from a road construction barricade. (From one of Bob's Barricades?) What it is doing way out there is anyone's guess. Whatever, it was not in a location I wanted to go.

Now rather than descend the same route, which I knew would have been a killer on the ankle, we decided to take a wide loop to the southeast down an easier slope, which would take us almost directly back to our campsite.

Not much of a hike but definitely a workout, so we would take a few hours for lunch and rest a bit before heading off on our second hike... one a bit more fun, sighting not one, but TWO rattlers... an Arizona Black Rattlesnake & a Black-tailed. But that's on the NEXT triplog. (Which will include photos and videos)

Whoops! Almost forgot a video from this hike:
Tracey Climbing Fallen Tree
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