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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2016
SteveHall
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,657 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   7 Hrs      1.36 mph
1,657 ft AEG
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Went up to Chalk Canyon today for the first time. It was a beautiful day with light clouds, a cool breeze (got real windy for about 20 min), and the creek is still running (barely). The trail gets a little rougher outside of Spur Cross, but not too bad. There are a few creek crossings, so a little bit of boulder hopping is required. I followed the trail till just past the iron gate and started to see the petroglyphs right away. I spent about 20 or so minuets Looking for glyphs in that area. I found quite a few Metate there. Right below this big boulder with 3 Metate ground into it was a Gila Monster. I startled it and it got defensive. luckily I was able to pass.

Now it was time to scale the steep hillside. This is where the fun really began. This was not easy folks. Going up and back down pretty much took all my energy. Going through a few thorn bushes and stepping on a few unstable boulders, I finally made it to the top. The climb instantly became worthwhile as I started to find some really interesting glyphs which led me to the ruins. As with most (if not all) of the ruins in the area, these were a bit overgrown. There are a few walls that are in pretty decent shape though. I spent about 1 1/2 hours from heading up the hill to getting back to the trail. When I finally got back to the trail that Gila Monster was sitting right in the middle of the dang thing. I had to slowly follow it for about 5 minuets before it got off the trail.

If you are looking for a hike in the area, but want something a little more difficult than most of what you find in Spur Cross, I recommend this one. Please be respectful and don't touch the petroglyphs.
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