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A Ruin Between, AZ
mini location map2018-02-10
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A Ruin Between, AZ 
A Ruin Between, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking7.24 Miles 2,310 AEG
Hiking7.24 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   1.16 mph
2,310 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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I'm always looking for new, preferably obscure places to go have a look at. And I've been particularly interested in finding ancient sites between Perry Mesa and the lower Verde, since both of those were busy places 600-1000 years ago, and I figure there must be stuff in the middle. So when I spotted a large ruin in the satellite picture last week I quickly planned a way to get to it.

A jeep could you get close but I'm not trying that road in my Subaru. So I parked near the end of Seven Springs Rd and walked up the steep hill. It's not very far to the ruin as the crow flies but it's no walk in the park.

Top of the first ridge becomes flattish and I noticed some broken pottery and eventually a small ruin. In the several trips I've made up the ridges above Seven Springs Rd. this is par for the course...many small sites. I needed to get by the north-south barrier ridge which I did by contouring to a pass and from there I could see into Holmes Canyon and the hilltop with the ruin. Pretty easy walk from there; the area burned not so long ago but there is plenty of catclaw to slow you down.

The ruin was about as expected: big, 50-100 rooms I'd guess, collapsed and overgrown. Probably this place gets visited a lot less than other more accessible ones but the only real difference I noticed was there seemed to be more large pottery sherds. I've been talking to @kenjacobsen about sight lines between the network of habitation sites and lookouts and on paper this place seems a bit hidden on it's low hill. But I got the impression that plenty can be seen from this location.

I more or less returned the same way - steep and slow getting down the ridge back to the car.
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