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Limestone Butte, AZ
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Limestone Butte, AZ 
Limestone Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2015
Hansenaz
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,335 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   1.88 mph
1,335 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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This ruin is labeled on the topo maps so is no secret, and it's impressive looking in the satellite views. I wasn't sure how to approach it but I now know a lot about Williamson Valley Road, a historical and interesting route which gets you close.

No trails but the cross country travel is very pleasant: plenty of plants and rocks to dodge but nothing frustrating or difficult. Also it's a very clean area, almost no human signs and not much bovine. I took the "high road" to the peak, mainly staying on a low "quartzy" ridge, and coming back I spent more time in the washes.

I didn't see many cultural signs along the way, just one spot with a bit of pottery and some flaked stone, but the fort itself is impressive as expected. It has a very nice location with big views all around. The theory is that these hilltop locations provided "network communication" (smoke signal is one idea). Though I'm not sure where the nearest habitation site is, apparently the Walnut Creek area a few miles south had a lot of hamlets/villages.

As I scouted the approach to Limestone I noticed a roadside peak with a provocative name and the satellite showed a ruin on top. So I stopped there on the way and visited that nice fort too. This one is a little more interesting because it includes some habitation ruins as well. Pictures here [ photoset ] .
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