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Ruin Hunting, AZ
mini location map2017-06-11
8 by photographer avatarRickVincent
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Ruin Hunting, AZ 
Ruin Hunting, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2017
RickVincent
Hiking4.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.73 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Several months ago I was poking around Google Earth and found what appeared to be a man made structure at the edge of a cliff. Never got the chance to investigate until now. The temps dropped a bit and I got some much appreciated cool winds.

My 100% off trail adventure started when I woke up at 3:20am. Feet on the ground about 6am. I started working my way up a dry wash. Pretty easy going boulder hopping and occasional bushwhack.

Wash got thick with vegetation as I approached a spring. I moved up out of the wash to go around, but ended up skirting a ridge to my right. Bad idea. I found myself traversing through loose scree on a steep angle that made progress slow.

Headed towards some spires. Another bad idea. Got myself into some sketchy climbs and traverses. Finally cleared the tough stuff then found myself on an easy but steep final approch towards the cliffs up ahead.

In retrospect came in too high. Should have stayed low and worked my way to the west face before reaching the cliffy stuff. Oh well. More climbing and bushwhacking. It looks like I got into a fight with a wildcat. Scratches all over.

Didn't see the structure until I was practically standing next to it. Potsherds everywhere. This was definitely ruins as I had theorized from my google earth discovery.

Spent some time up there poking around, and looking for ancient stuff. I was in the shade of the cliffs the entire time. Air was breezy and cool.

Started my descent. Not easy. Loose ground. Boulders cutting loose and rolling below me. It was slow going. Lots of problem solving. I found a better route back down into the wash. It was steep and required lots of big moves and steps, but I knew travel would be quick once I hit that wash.

It had taken over 2 hours to go up. Ended up taking 1:15 to get back down. Great offtrail adventure with some cool ruins that made me think, "what were they doing up there. And, why all the pottery?"
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