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Explore Lower Robbers Roost Cny, AZ
mini location map2018-03-07
10 by photographer avatarOregon_Hiker
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Explore Lower Robbers Roost Cny, AZ 
Explore Lower Robbers Roost Cny, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking10.10 Miles 959 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   7 Hrs      1.44 mph
959 ft AEG
 
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This was my third day of hiking while camped on top of New River Mesa. The goal was to check out a rock wall on the northwest side of the mesa near the mouth of Robbers Roost Canyon and to look for signs of ancient Indian habitation along the way. I followed FR17 for about 3 miles to where it ends at Reed Tank then headed off trail north along the top of top of the mesa. Along the way I spotted a cluster of 6-7 embedded metates amid scattered pottery sherds. Other HAZ members have reported seeing large numbers of embedded metates on this mesa indicating it was a major food gathering site for the ancients. Perhaps they were able to grow crops up here. The soil is fairly deep in many areas. I checked this area for dwelling ruins on the way back but found none.

At the end of the point between Robbers Roost Canyon and Hells Canyon I found the section of wall that appeared on GE to be isolated by some distance from other walls. It's location didn't match with the pattern of the other wall locations which was the reason I had come to check it out. I was surprised to find it had at one time been attached to a woven wire fence which had stretched 550 ft across the point but was now burned down and partially disassembled. At the other end of the wire fence I looked over the side of the mesa and there was another rock wall section to which the fence had been attached. This integration of the wire fence section with the rock walls is another indication that these mystery walls were built by ranchers. The use of woven wire is puzzling since barbed wire is almost always used for cattle fencing. My experience having grown up on a cattle ranch is that cattle were prone to knocking fences down if the fences weren't made with barbed wire or electrified. Could this have been a sheep fence? Oh well, something to ponder on the hike back to camp.
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