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2016-01-28  
CURVE at the Agua Fria, AZ
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CURVE at the Agua Fria, AZ 
CURVE at the Agua Fria, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.69 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking5.69 Miles   5 Hrs   8 Mns   2.09 mph
1,190 ft AEG   2 Hrs   25 Mns Break
 
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I hiked up a little mountain range that is located northwest of Perry Mesa, with the Agua Fria River acting as the border between the two. Badger Springs Wash is nestled southwest of the range, with Black Mesa just on the other side of the wash.

This hike was sort of a ‘recon’ hike. I wanted to view the Agua Fria River, and its steep banks, from high above, so as to get an overall feel for future hikes. This little mountain range also gave me a good view of Perry Mesa itself, displaying how huge it really is.

I parked at the Badger Springs Wash TH, beating the sunrise to the trailhead. The pretty sunrise colors only lasted about 5 minutes before the reds, yellows, and oranges disappeared.
I proceeded to cross Badger Springs Wash, and purposely went up an old eroded mountain road to its end. The road ended right at the steep bank of the Agua Fria. As I thought, the road led to four or five mining prospects. (I had seen the disturbed earth on Google Earth).
With an active Richinbar Mine just a couple miles south, I’m sure the whole area was checked out for possible mineral riches. This specific area must have been a dud.

From the wanna-be mine area, I went up to the high point of the mountain range, Peak 3692, and located CURVE Benchmark and its two reference marks. I assume the surveyors named it, after looking at all the tight ‘curves’ in the river below. Alot of the benchmarks in the area were set in place in the late 1950s, including CURVE (1958), probably in conjunction with establishing the roadway location for what eventually became I-17.

From the benchmark, I travelled around the perimeter of the range, taking note of the curving river, with its very steep banks, especially on the Perry Mesa side. Getting down to the river from my side would be rather easy, as there are numerous river bank areas that are more gradual.
Although there appeared to be many places along the river bank edges of the mountain suitable for ancient ruins, this ‘ruins rookie’ found nothing.
I do know, someone with initials “AG” is in love, as I located a ‘modern glyph’ proclaiming those heart felt thoughts.

Wildlife observed included many deer, disappearing before I could quick-draw my camera.
I also heard an ‘out-of-context’ noise. When I finally looked up, I saw over 50 Canada Geese, in a “V”, flying due north. They were ‘honking’ away.
I see them all the time in the midwest, but not that much in the southwest. They were changing the lead goose position as they flew over. That ‘lead’ goose works the hardest and has to rotate back to conserve energy.

All in all, a good recon hike. I’ll have to get up on Perry Mesa now and take a look around. I’m sure it would take a dozen hikes to cover all of that huge mesa.
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