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Hardscrabble Mesa Loop6, AZ
mini location map2018-01-13
15 by photographer avatarHansenaz
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Hardscrabble Mesa Loop6, AZ 
Hardscrabble Mesa Loop6, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking7.74 Miles 1,459 AEG
Hiking7.74 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   1.24 mph
1,459 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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A return to Hardscrabble Mesa to cover some ground (mainly drainages) that I haven't walked before.

I didn't find much. I found a bunch of round holes of varying sizes in a nice open flat area at the top of the first creek. It's a little bit hard to be sure these are man-made because natural swirlys in the flowing creek can make round holes too. But the location and high concentration makes me think they are not natural. I have found similar (but more convincingly man-made) mortar holes at the top of adjacent drainages. After having walked many creeks on HS mesa I've found most "ancient signs" down near the edge overlooking the E.Verde but some at the mesa top (like these), and of course others at good water sources in between.

But anyway after this grinding hole area I found virtually nothing as I continued down the creek. At least the walking was pretty good, almost no barriers or choking vegetation. But the drainage I wanted to take back was smaller and more choked. So I exited that one and hiked to the mesa top for easier walking. I'd 'searched' this mesa before so I figured I wouldn't find anything else.

Eventually my path back diverted a bit from where I'd been before and about that time I noticed a lot of black stone littering the brownish ground. Previous experience on HS Mesa was that black stone like this is from tool making and is usually accompanied by pottery pieces. I found pottery was here too and the flaked black stones and sherds covered a wide area. I looked around til I found a single room ruin with some broken metates. I'd think all the debris indicates more habitation than the single room but that's all I found.

Glad I found this last site but I think I'd enjoy walking HS Mesa on a bright 60deg day regardless.
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