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Skull Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking15.09 Miles 3,496 AEG
Hiking15.09 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.98 mph
3,496 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Daniela finally had a free weekend, and she wanted to do a longer hike. I didn't want to drive too far, and have spent plenty of time in the Superstitions lately, so Skull Mesa fit the bill. We were treated to a nice sunrise on the drive in, and pleasantly cool temps at the start of the hike. We turned off at Mariposa Hill, and followed the trail northeast to Cottonwood--saves some distance and time.

Took a quick break at the junction with Skull Mesa trail, then headed up. I still don't think the hike up is very difficult, but the random guy who was about ten minutes behind us would beg to differ. At the top, we took a snack break, then headed over toward the ruins. At times, there was a distinct path to follow, at other times there was nothing, but common sense (with the aid of a gps track) tells you which way to generally go.

Once at the ruins, Daniela and I looked around and took pics. I wanted to go to the hilltop to look at the ruins up there, but Daniela decided it was too steep for her (I did point out that it wasn't any steeper than anything I'd already made her do today, but she laughed at me), so I headed up by myself. I spent a few minutes up there, then headed back down and we made our way back across the mesa.

The walk back seemed to go a little faster, and the hike back down off the mesa was uneventful. We continued along Cottonwood trail to the spring, then headed west from there, connecting back to our original trail. The last few miles were a little warm as the cloud cover had somewhat dissipated.
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