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Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin, AZ
mini location map2018-02-21
15 by photographer avatarOregon_Hiker
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Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin, AZ 
Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.70 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   4 Hrs      0.43 mph
750 ft AEG
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ssk44 found this ruin on Google Earth and took some great telephoto pictures of it on an earlier trip to the Sierra Ancha. [ photoset ] Grasshopper and I decided to get a closer look. The ruins are located on top of a very small butte hidden in the bottom of a canyon - perhaps the reason ssk44 named his photoset "Lost Sierra Ancha Ruin". The hike starts on a high ridge above the butte and descends about 750 feet down a very steep hillside covered with prickly pear and numerous rock out-croppings. Then you have to find a way up the cliffs to the top of the butte. Fortunately ssk44's photos gave some hints for the best and only approach without rock climbing gear and skills. We found no artifacts such as pottery sherds or metates at this site which is often the case for these hilltop fortress/lookout type ruins. The ancient occupants of this site had a commanding view of the Salt River basin which may have been the reason for locating here.
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