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Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2015
Hiking6.80 Miles 887 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.32 mph
887 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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Looks like I had this on my wish list since 12/2009 and 6 years later, wish is complete thanks to Wade. I think I bugged him about it a couple years ago and he agreed to take me up. I took the day off as his schedule doesn't usually include weekends off. I met up with him and Mary Jo and their neighbor Stephanie for the drive to the TH on Table Mesa Road. It's one of those exits you drive by on the way up north so it was cool to check it out. The drive out there is rather interesting.

We paid our dues and got started in the chill of the morning. This is quite the staging area. As we hiked to the riverbed I didn't realize how wide the Agua Fria was here so that was already impressive to start. Wade's Dec 2013 trip log [ photoset ] describes our hike rather well.
    The road parallels the river and for the first half mile or so looks a lot like a park, someplace you'd like to camp perhaps. (The only addition is the fencing is apparently new and in this one section there were three road closed sign gates.)
    Cockle burrs love the sand and are here in abundance.
    Indian Mesa looms straight ahead.
    Along the north side of the trail a grove of eucalyptus trees interspersed with a cottonwood or two.
    The white bluffs flank the north side of the hike (and they truly are really cool looking! :D )

and then you hike alongside the hill on the old road to meet the new road. You have a couple little climbs and go thru a few open gates and on up the new road before reaching the cairns for the way up. There are some steep moments getting up to the ruins but once you're up there :y: . The ruins are so pretty in white and of course the views are awesome toward Lake Pleasant. We spotted what we think was a spring way over and across the river bed to the SE. I zoomed in to see if it was water seeping or shiny rock; still can't tell. And then off to the west are the spectacular looking Hieroglyphic Mountains, I took several photos of them including a pano.

We wandered around a bit before walking the whole outside of the mesa and peering over the edge from time to time. You can also see the New River Mountains to the NE. From here we spotted the two palm trees we had seen across the river bed and you could look way yonder to see the the Little Grand Canyon Rancho. It was a bit windy on the east end so we headed back to where we started where we lingered a bit more before our hike back down the mountain, by the river bed and to the truck. We got a treat as Wade spotted a herd of burros through the trees in the river bed so we jumped the fence to get a closer look-see. They didn't stick around long so we continued on our way.

We finished off the day with lunch at BCC. Thank you Wade! The bad news is my camera lens seems to have a permanent spot, maybe two BUT only in movie mode and only when the sunlight hits a certain way. I think my warranty company may disown me but I've got to see if they can fix it. I sure hope so.

hiking the road near the Agua River bed ... XmPU
Roads by the River Bed and the roads ... xTSM
Road and hike to the Mesa ... sX8s
The Mesa and the Ruins - in production 12/4/2015, done 12/7/2015 ... 6dtU
The Mesa & Ruins and Burros done 12/7/2015 ... mFeg
Wild Burro
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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