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Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2016
Hiking6.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
550 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Round 2 of my raw undocumented "lost files" of early 2016 hiking :sweat:
Only a few more to go until I catch up to when I met Linda for our hike to Reavis Falls when she answered a few questions for me and soon after my HAZ account was created.

I used to go to the Agua Fria River off of Table Mesa rd a few years back quite often to raft around, swim, relax, etc...
While there I always saw the intriguing Indian Mesa formation and really thought it was worth hiking to. At that point I had no
idea that it had actual ruins on top, I just thought it was cool rock.

I finally hiked up there on a day where the Agua Fria was raging stronger than I've ever seen in that area prior. It was flowing with so much power I actually had to pick up my dog and carry her across the river because the strong flow and depth would easily have swept her away. It was very impressive to see and I actually had to find a good crossing point for myself due to just how powerful it was that crisp January day.
The White Bluffs on the way to I.M. are straight up awesome as well, they have a cool weird wavy look to them with a bounty of real fine beach sand just below them.
Upon getting closer to the mesa you can understand why the Indians chose it as home. It's literally a fortress!
A giant rock peninsula that can basically only be accessed form the rear, the rest of the Mesa consists of sheer vertical cliffs on each side that gives it a formidable and intimidating look. The views atop are surreal, it's probably still my favorite view to date of Lake Pleasant and that surrounding area.

I love pondering about the history when I'm in the presence of a place like this. I can't help but try to imagine and play out all the scenes and daily life that occurred there.
With that being said I did bring my dog but she was nearly glued to me the whole time so there was so no disruption of any ruins whatsoever, trust me I'm a strong adovocate of ensuring that history stays for generation after generation to enjoy and see.

All in all it's a great little unique hike with rewarding views and rich history, so overall it's a winner in my book!...
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