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San Mateo Castro Ranch, AZ
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San Mateo Castro Ranch, AZ 
San Mateo Castro Ranch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking7.45 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking7.45 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.28 mph
847 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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San Mateo Castro Ranch


Last week I posted a hike along the Southeast side of the Peralta Road, in an area prior to the turn off to the Quarter Circle U Ranch. Although the area is full of ATV/Jeep trails that resemble a plate of spaghetti when viewed from Google Earth, there is the off trail areas where they haven't yet penetrated. I enjoyed the hike, especially the historic value of the area that, at one time, included many prospectors who left behind many diggings, foundations and dumps. I continued searching Google Earth and found a building site labeled as San Mateo Castro Ranch, along a dead-end trail that looked interesting enough for a return visit.

I planned my driving route to a suitable parking spot then a hiking route through the desert that would take me into the ranch but I got confused on the spaghetti nest of routes and made a left turn at a Meat Ball when I should have turned at a Mushroom. The early morning sun was blinding so I just parked the truck and headed out in the direction of the ranch. Soon I found a trail that would take me to a gate and a scenic bushwhacking route between hills that I could identify on my map. I came upon some Black Angus along the way but they just gave me that Huh?? look and continued on their way, unfazed by my presence.

It was a fun route that put me on ATV/Jeep trails for a while then I would break off and go busting brush for a while but the brush was sparse enough that it was an easy hike. I frequently turned around to take in the views behind me for reference on my return trip and was impressed with the site of the Three Sisters and the 5057 peak along the Superstition Ridgeline.

With the number of trails and no trail markings, I was hoping that I was on the right one when I spied the building just ahead of me. As I approached, there was a gate blocking the road(?) into the ranch site with No Trespassing signs posted. The ranch site was unoccupied and I only wanted to take some pictures of the building so I entered and spent several minutes looking around and photographing the area that was clean and fairly well maintained. At one time, this would have been a nice place for a ranch. There was a large flat area with a house, a spring down in the wash behind the house and scenery to die for.

With my initial goals now met, I began my return back through the hills to look for my parked truck. The sun was shining through the Arizona Blue sky and I was feeling the heat so I was relieved to find my truck as I rounded a turn in the wash. Yeah, it's five o'clock somewhere so I opened a cool beer and washed down the dust from today's hike and had a couple of Pat's homemade cookies.

Remember, this is State Trust Land and a "Use Permit" is required for hiking. I practice LNT, so I had "stuff" that I picked up along the ATV/Jeep trails and left only footprints where I visited the Private Property of the ranch site.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few scattered Brittlebush and blossoms on the Creosote bushes are around. The desert plants are green and awaiting the spring rains.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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