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Juniper Fort, AZ
mini location map2016-05-21
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Juniper Fort, AZ 
Juniper Fort, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 21 2016
Hansenaz
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.54 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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I planned to visit two hilltop forts I could see in satellite pictures. Unfortunately, when I got near the start (about half way between Prescott and Seligman) I found out I'd forgotten my GPS.

I knew enough about one of them that I figured I could wing it, so I found the trailhead and started up the Oaks and Willow Trail. Nice walking on a cool windy day and when I got to the edge of Juniper Mesa I left the trail and started through the trees and bushes. It wasn't too thick and my sense of direction was good enough to get me to the ridge I needed to follow to it's end.

The ridge itself was pleasant with a lot of sharp but walkable limestone and I did find the fort, as expected, right at the end: a good overlook location. The walls are thick but not too high. I didn't see any other artifacts there (pottery, glyphs etc.) but that's typical for these forts/outlooks which weren't used for habitation.

I bushwacked back to the car with a short road walk.

The other fort was a no go....too many hilltops for me to be sure which was the right one. Looking at the map now I think my top two guesses (I briefly considered taking a chance on) were wrong. Oh well, I may go back another time...
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