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Upper Coon Creek Ruin, AZ
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Upper Coon Creek Ruin, AZ 
Upper Coon Creek Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,333 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   0.83 mph
1,333 ft AEG
 
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Ssk44 found another ruin on Google Earth for us to go check out. This one was on a ridge overlooking upper Coon Creek, hence the name. We started the hike at the Bull Canyon TH on 203A and then took the Coon Spring Trail #124 to where we would start off trail. GH had led ssk44 and Randal_Schulhauser up to this same area 6 years ago looking for cliff dwellings with no luck. [ photoset ] Could ssk44 be getting back at GH for leading them on that fruitless boon doggle years ago? :-k That thought briefly crossed my mind but I quickly dismissed it. We used GH's gps track from that adventure to guide us and it proved to be helpful in finding a route through the thick scrub oak and manzanita that covered much of the off-trail portion of our hike. We were surprised to see the occasional beer bottle or can marking our route. It appears that others, perhaps hunters, have been attracted to this same remote off-trail area.

The seemingly endless thrashing through the brush slowed us down considerably so we were approaching our turn around time as we neared the ruin. With one last obstacle, a deep ravine, to cross and running out of time and energy we decided to turn around and head back without reaching the ruin. However we were close enough to see the ruin across the ravine and get some zoomed photos to prove its existence. Based on those photos and the Google Earth image I estimate that the ruin had about 6 to 8 fairly large rooms and was a pueblo style ruin with no surrounding defensive wall. The walls had mostly collapsed but had sections that were 3 to 4 feet high. The large amount of rocks mounded up where the walls had collapsed indicated it had fairly massive and high walls back in its day.

So, another one of ssk44's GE ruin finds confirmed. Although we couldn't make it all the way to the ruins, the views along the way as usual in the Sierra Ancha, still made the hike a success. I've lost track of the number of ssk44 GE ruin finds that have been confirmed in the last year between the three of us (GH, ssk44 and myself). But I think it's been at least 8.

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