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Lousy Canyon Fort, AZ
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Lousy Canyon Fort, AZ 
Lousy Canyon Fort, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.26 mph
      45 Mns Break
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Blake and I originally chose this hike because of the name...Lousy Canyon Fort. I mean, how lousy could it be? Well, it was far from Lousy. From the trailhead we could see the general direction we needed to go - to the middle "finger" bisecting Lousy Canyon. But we weren't sure we could see the tip of the finger and there were no obvious ruins. Oh well, we'll figure it out. Down the slope towards the tank (hello, cows!) then hang a left towards an old corral. From there we ascended the finger, always on the lookout for stacked rocks. We got to the top and...no ruins. Hhmmm. Okay, so we'll descend a bit and climb up to the next "knuckle" of the finger. Meanwhile, the finger is getting narrower and narrower. Again, no ruins on the next knuckle. Well, we're not giving up! There's yet another knuckle to be summitted. Only now the slope is getting steep and there's less room for error. Upon reaching the third ruin-less knuckle, we were starting to get frustrated and wondering if we were somehow on the wrong finger. But, looking westward towards the tip of the finger, what does one see? By golly, a fort! Only problem now is that the sides of the finger are really slim. The drop-off on both sides is, well, deadly. Baby steps were taken, no jokes or idle chit-chat. And nothing to break your fall and prevent you from going off the edge. Did I mention that it was windy? Anyway, we climbed up into the fort. We checked out the "air holes" and pondered their use. We were impressed by the thickness of the walls and puzzled by the almost entire lack of pottery. Was this a last-ditch retreat? Surely they couldn't be defending the dwellings on the northern or southern flanks of Lousy Canyon. We don't think their projectiles could reach that far. What was this structure's purpose? I guess we'll never know. We left while musing, found a good lunch spot south of the corral, listened to the birds, and watched a creature (squirrel, marmot??) sunbathing. A good hike.
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