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Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend Quad
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Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.40 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles
906 ft AEG
 
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Grasshopper and I headed to the top of this peak to check out a possible ancient Indian hilltop fortress based on a tip from ssk44. The peak turned out to be a small butte with cliffs on all sides. With the help of a planning track supplied from ssk44 we found a nearly vertical chute with just enough hand and foot holds to enable two old geezers to climb to the top. The fortress had just a few crumbled down walls and maybe about 4 to 6 rooms but the views were the real reward for the climb. Those folks who once occupied this fortress had a clear view to the west of the Salt River Canyon and the Sierra Ancha in the distance. To the northeast were views of Ash Creek canyon. The peak also provided the only cell phone service we would have during our 5 day camping/hiking trip to this area.

On the drive back on FR1052 we stopped to check out the site of an old homestead near the Haystack Butte Ranch. The small roofless cabin built with local stone was (or had been) an attractive and solidly built home at one time. The rock construction was very similar to the rock house at the Haystack Butte Ranch. We could find no evidence of when the cabin had been built. When we drove by the ranch two days later the ranch manager drove up so we stopped to talk to him. He said the ranch had passed through many hands over its history and was currently leased from the Forest Service by the Oddenetto's of Globe. He had been told the homestead cabin had been built by a previous owner/lessee of the Haystack Butte Ranch by the name of Sanders for his son with the plan that the son would prove up on the homestead and become an owner of the land included in the homestead application. The son never proved up on the homestead so the land remained under Forest Service ownership. The ranch manager did not know when that occurred but I'm guessing it may have been in the 1920s to early 1930s.


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