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Perry Mesa Bull Tank Loop, AZ
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Perry Mesa Bull Tank Loop, AZ 
Perry Mesa Bull Tank Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2017
Hansenaz
Hiking5.77 Miles 1,031 AEG
Hiking5.77 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.19 mph
1,031 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Back to Perry Mesa to look a bit more at the burn area, visit two places Petrophile told me about, and pass a couple previously visited "good spots" along the way.

Starting near Bull Tank there were plenty of things to find in the rocks and rockpiles on the flats away from the Baby Canyon edge. I found petroglyphs in small groups in several different areas and some pottery scatters around a couple rockpiles or perimeters that likely were small ruins. I passed some nicer petroglyphs at the canyon edge and walked down to the creek bottom.

Continuing down Bishop Creek I passed some metates and glyphs on the flats below a big ruin and found "metate city" (I think that's what Mike called it) near the intersection with the Agua Fria. Lots of grinding happened there and there are a number of glyphs, many indistinct and faded. I didn't notice a ruin or habitation site but it was getting hot and I didn't look too hard.

Ascended the slope back to the mesa top and found a long stone wall along the way. This continued to the top and a small fort was there so I'm pretty sure this is authentic and ancient. By now I've seen these in a few places on the mesa and I'm about ready to give in to Alston that the original Perry Mesans built walls like this in part to channel game.

Was happy to get back on the mesa top where a breeze revived me. I passed plenty of "agave nurseries", small rocks piled on big rocks, on this mesa edge (likely a busy place 700 years ago) but didn't do much more rock studying on the way back to the car.
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