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Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,415 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.11 mph
1,415 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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This was my first hike in the Campaign Trail area. Lee had found what looked like a possible Indian ruin site on Google Earth not far off of the Campaign Trail and we decided to check it out. After proceeding up canyon for some distance from the trailhead we went off trail up the side of the canyon towards the location of the ruin. Just before the ruin perimeter wall came into sight, Lee found a large pottery sherd. This was a good sign that the pile of rocks seen on GE was actually an Indian Ruin and not an old ranch corral. Then we crested the hill and there was a long straight rock wall about 3 ft high. Crossing the wall we found an assembled collection of broken metates and pot sherds placed there by previous ruin hunters. Exploring the ruin we found that it was a compound style ruin with a perimeter wall layed out in an almost perfect rectangle measuring about 80 ft by 100 ft. The interior of the compound was split roughly in half by a straight interior wall running east to west. The north half of the compound had several walls dividing the space into a number of fairly large rooms. The front half appeared to have had two courtyards separated by a wall. Most of the walls were about 2 to 3 feet high with one segment still standing about 4-5 ft high.

We then started checking out some other likely looking nearby locations on small benches jutting out from the hillside. This search revealed six other ruin sites all within 0.3 miles of our first find. Three of these were smaller sites of maybe 3 to 4 rooms with walls crumbled down to no higher than 1 foot but the other three were compound style ruins with the perimeter walls surrounding an area containing rooms. These 3 were smaller than the first compound. Compound #2 had a rectangular layout about 38 ft by 45 ft, compound #3 was also rectangular about 31 ft by 40 ft, and compound #4 had a triangular shape about 95 ft on two sides and 40 ft on the third side.

Poking around all these rock piles used up a lot of our available time but Lee volunteered to show me some ruin sites he had found on previous hiking trips. About a third of the way up a long climb to one of the ruin sites we realized that we would not have time at my slow pace to get to the site. So we bailed out back down to the Campaign Trail and headed for home. Thank you, Lee, for sharing this remarkable ruin find with me.
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