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Northern Mazzy March, AZ
mini location map2018-03-18
8 by photographer avatarMountainMatt
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Northern Mazzy March, AZ 
Northern Mazzy March, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.30 mph
1,443 ft AEG      38 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Another bone hunting hike utilizing the Twin Buttes trail to get me into some areas I figured would boast some good options.
I rented a Hyundai Accent for the weekend and made it all the way to the Saddle Ridge intersection along the Twin Buttes road in the little egg car.
Little did I know some of these new cars automatically lock?
I got out to take a leak upon arrival and sure enough the wind blew the door shut and with the keys on the driver seat I was locked out! ](*,)
Luckily I had my cellphone and some service otherwise I would have been in trouble as all my gear including my water was locked inside.
An hour and a half later and AAA finally showed up and I was back in action with luckily 5 hours of daylight which did make a change in plans of descending into the depths of one of the many rugged canyons in the area.

I kept a puffy on the first 45 min of hiking because it just stayed abnormally cold and windy even with a bit of sunshine.
Besides giant jackrabbits I literally did not encounter another animal which was disappointing.

The highlight of the the trip was finding ruins along with plenty of pottery sherds and obsidian, I knew this whole area has Indian history from @hansenaz many detailed reports but just did not expect to find anything unintentionally.

Crossed down into and out of the head of the mighty "Gorge" that cuts through the land, one day I would really love to explore its entire length as well as the nearby Greenhorn Canyon as I'm aware of the gems that reside inside.

I really love this area and see myself spending quite a bit of time here especially whenever I finally get a new truck!
I also noticed I unintentionally made a near perfect circle with my track when viewed on the map, sometimes loops are not the easiest but they are certainly much more satisfying than a out and back.
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Cag Shot

dry Bull Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout


dry Wilderness Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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