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Explore Upper East Fork Robbers Roost Cny, AZ
mini location map2018-03-05
15 by photographer avatarOregon_Hiker
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Explore Upper East Fork Robbers Roost Cny, AZ 
Explore Upper East Fork Robbers Roost Cny, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking3.80 Miles 451 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.84 mph
451 ft AEG
 
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Went camping up on top of New River Mesa for 3 nights to check out the New River Mesa Mystery Walls I had found on Google Earth. These walls appear to have functioned as fences just based on looking at their location. The mystery is who built them and for what purpose. The drive up the side of the mesa and across the top was a nightmare - very rocky (large rocks) with lots of exposure for high centering. It took 2 hours to drive 4 miles. I could hike it that fast but couldn't carry enough provisions to camp for 3 nights. I would not recommend driving this road unless you have a high lift, large tire (35 inch diam would be nice) 4x4 vehicle and a locking rear axle would also be nice. I will never drive up there again. The whole time I was up there I worried about whether or not my FJ would survive the drive out of there. I had planned on driving about 2.4 miles further along FR17 to set up camp but got stopped by a drop off over large embedded boulders in the road that looked like they would high center my FJ on the undercarriage between the front and back wheels and cause a lot of damage in the process. This added 5 miles round trip to two of my planned hikes.

The first priority of this trip was to confirm that what I was seeing on GE were actually rock walls and to see if there were any clues that would help solve the mystery. This triplog is for my first hike out of camp on this trip to check out several wall (fence) sections at the south end of the east fork of Robbers Roost Canyon. This hike confirmed that what I had seen on GE were real rock walls averaging about 4 feet in height. The surprise was that an old wire ranching fence had been integrated with the rock fence and had recent repair work. This would support the conclusion that the rock fence was a historic ranching fence but it's also possible that the rancher re-purposed existing Indian rock walls as a cattle fence.
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