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Explore East Side Reavis Ranch, AZ
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Explore East Side Reavis Ranch, AZ 
Explore East Side Reavis Ranch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.60 Miles 290 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   0.37 mph
290 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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I went on a short exploration hike on the east side of Reavis Ranch on day 3 of my residence there. My backpacking partners had left for home earlier in the day. My plan was to check out a rock wall that has been seen by several HAZers in that area and is generally believed to be a ranching drift fence. I had also seen what looked like a rock wall on Google Earth further south at approximately the same topo elevation contour. A waypoint from FOTG for the wall at what turned out to be its north end helped me hike right to it with some minor bushwhacking through small manzanita thickets. Along the way I passed through a small ndian ruin. There were the remains of a barbed wire fence extending northward from the end of this wall confirming that it was most likely a ranching drift fence. The size of some of the rocks (actually boulders) in the rock wall was surprising. It would take several people to lift these in place.

I started traversing south along the side of the hill and soon found more sections of wall, some with the remains of a barb wire fence connecting the sections. At one location a roll of barb wire lay on the ground indicating the barb wire section of the fence had been dismantled. The fence was so old that most fence posts had either rotted away or were maybe burned in an old forest fire. During the planning stages of this trip I had traced out a GPS track that followed the outline of the section of wall visible on Google Earth. As I continued my traverse south I came to the north end of this GPS track and sure enough, the sections of rock wall connected up with a rock wall that followed this track. Overall, the rock wall extended approximately 0.3 miles to the south ending on on the hill side above a short draw that extended east up the hillside. The gps track for this hike has a series of 8 waypoints indicating places where I encountered sections of the rock wall.

One has to ponder who put in the tremendous effort required to build these sections of wall, often using boulders so large that as many as four people might have been required to lift them in place. It doesn't seem like the kind of work cowboys would do. So who were the wall builders. Could a rancher have brought in Mexican laborers?
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