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Anderson Mesa Loop, AZ
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Anderson Mesa Loop, AZ 
Anderson Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking6.80 Miles 1,198 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   1.52 mph
1,198 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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I've had a few good previous trips to Anderson Mesa though I usually had good information as to where to look. This time I just did a speculative walk around hitting a highpoint and some promising looking mesa edge. Enjoyed the scenery and moderate temperatures but I didn't find much of interest. Just a couple plain pottery pieces and one pretty decent petroglyph area. The petroglyphs were at the most likely spot: just below a sharp prominent mesa point.

After the walk I drove a mile or two to check out a petroglyph site near the road that Petrophile told me about a couple years ago. Some nice stuff there!

Road Rant: Anderson Mesa is just east of Mormon Lake and there are two good ways to get to Mormon Lake from Phoenix: 1) Through Payson and Happy Jack or, 2) up I-17 and across a dirt road past Stoneman Lake. I like #2 and drove up that way in the morning. Coming back I attempted to repeat this. I had a vague recollection of trouble with this in the past (the Stoneman Lake turn is not marked and there is a maze of forest roads west of Rt3). Anyway I opted to believe my Subaru GPS and though I soon realized this was not the road to Stoneman Lake I started to see signs for I-17. The road started to get rougher but there was another I-17 sign so I continued on....until I hit some non-Subaruable big rocks. Sheesh...I-17 via jeep road? I turned around, figured I'd wasted an hour, but to make matters worse I shredded a tire on the way out. So my Subaru GPS is stupid. Whoever posts I-17 arrows on FR127 is stupid and I assume that's the same person that does not mark the Stoneman Lake FR-213 turn. And for doing this wrong twice, me too.
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