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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.90 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.74 mph
1,650 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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This turned out to be an enjoyable hike with some cool ruins to view. Leaving the TH, we (Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I) began the hike by going out on the Metate Trail, which is more interesting than just going on the Spur Cross Trail. Once we got to the Forest Service sign, we went out Cave Creek Trail 4 until we got to a cairn, and then went on a easy, off trail scramble to get to a site of some ruins. The trail was not very noticeable once we left Cave Creek trail 4, but the ruin site was easy to find by following the GPS track that I downloaded from HAZ. There were a lot of petroglyphs at the ruin site, along with a room that was probably 12'X30' with walls 3'-4' high.

Rather than going into the canyon below, we made our way back to Trail 4. Once there, we continued going out for a ways -- I wanted to see if there was way to get up to the Skull Mesa fort ruins from Trail #4. Unfortunately there did not appear go be a good way to do so, at least from the west side of Skull Mesa. You might could do it, but you'd spend a lot time and energy doing so. Perhaps there would be a way up and down Skull Mesa from the north side, but I did not check that out on this trip.
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