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Spur Cross Meander, AZ
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6 by photographer avatarOregon_Hiker
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Spur Cross Meander, AZ 
Spur Cross Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,138 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
1,138 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Went to Spur Cross Park for a hike with no particular plan other than to explore off trail on the west side of Cave Creek in the Tonto Nat. Forest just outside the park boundary on its north side. There are some hilltops in this area that looked like good candidates for hilltop fortress type Indian Ruins. The off trail climb up to the top of the selected peaks was a bit steep and required careful route finding to avoid cactus and rock out-croppings. Didn't find any sign of Indian ruins but some nice views. Dropped down into a deep ravine on the south side of the peaks where previous research had indicated the possible location on an old gold mine. The down hill section was treacherous with lots of loose rock and required some back and forth to find routes around drop offs. Found a short section of old mining road that led me to some small mounds of processed mine tailings but no sign of a mine shaft. I suspect this was a surface operation and was probably the Sue Ann mine site which was never a successful producer. On the way back to the Cave Creek trail I came across a small Indian Ruin site - the fallen rock wall outline of a couple of rooms. I was surprised to see an archaeology site ID marker since this appeared to be a rather insignificant site compared to many others in Cave Creek Canyon. There is a fairly large village or compound type ruin about 0.2 miles south of this site across a small ravine which has been studied by archaeologists and has the same type of markers. So the hike wasn't a complete bust - found one old gold mine site and one small Indian ruin.
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