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Horseshoe and Ruins, AZ
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Horseshoe and Ruins, AZ 
Horseshoe and Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.77 Miles 1,217 AEG
Hiking4.77 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.22 mph
1,217 ft AEG   2 Hrs   10 Mns Break
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There is a small mountain range north of Bloody Basin Rd, just east of I-17.
The mountain range consists of three peaks and has a benchmark on its highest peak.
Ironically, the benchmark is in the middle of a mountain top ruin.
Not bad ….… locate a benchmark and visit a ruin, all at the same time and location. The benchmark is named ‘Horseshoe’, named after the Horseshoe Ranch that’s about 2 miles southeast.

Horseshoe Ranch is located just off Bloody Basin Rd, which is the road used by many to get to the top of Perry Mesa. The ranch has an interesting history, dating back to the early 1880s, and It received it’s name from its “U” or horseshoe-shaped brand. The ranch is now owned by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

I parked just off Bloody Basin Rd before sunrise, and used a gated road for the initial portion of the hike. (The gate was pad-locked). Once off the road, I aimed at the highest peak and began dodging prickly pear, pincushion, and hedgehog cactus, the only three cactus types I encountered all day.
On the way up, I noticed three deer, far ahead of me. With their fluffy white tails raised to vertical, I was able to get off a couple, ‘zoomed’ photos of them. (poor quality).
With it being early morning and with full cloud cover, most of my hike photos suffered.

The hi point of the mountain has a large boulder outcrop, which the ruins builders incorporated as part of the ruin’s walls. My guess is the ruin is about 150 Ft long and 75 Ft wide at its widest, with a long, straight, natural boulder wall inside the ruin itself. You get a very good perspective of the ruins from atop that inner boulder wall.

The Horseshoe Benchmark and its two reference marks are located atop those very tall boulders inside the ruin walls. The surveyors must have had fun climbing up those boulders with their survey equipment.

After I was done with the benchmark and ruins, I went over to a lower, middle peak, then on to the third peak in the range. The third peak is only 20 ft lower than the highest, benchmark/ruins peak. Neither of the other two peaks had anything of interest on them.

I dropped off the third peak and wandered south, across Bloody Basin Rd. I looked around a bit and then used the road to end the loop.
This was a first for me, having survey disks placed in the middle of a mountain top ruin. It would be interesting to ‘time-warp’ back to the era of its build.
Ha - I might get a surprise and discover a bunch of high school kids got together and built the stone walls only 50 years ago!!
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