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Queen Creek Oak Flat Wandering, AZ
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Queen Creek Oak Flat Wandering, AZ 
Queen Creek Oak Flat Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.70 Miles 804 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.76 mph
804 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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We hit the Rim early yesterday so today we headed east. Leaving home just as early and a shorter drive we were actually hiking before sunrise. Another 65° start so it was quite pleasant.

I had a rough plan for the day but no route, just a series of waypoints to possible areas of interest... two small black squares just off the US 60 as well as an adit near Oak Flat which were marked on the FS Topo map.

We started from a spot adjacent to where Queen Creek crosses under the US 60 a few corners before Oak Flat. Immediately across the 60 we were greeted by thickets of manzanita and cat's-claw so we followed a winding route to travel the few hundred yards to the black squares.

One of the squares turned out to be an old rock cabin and the other just the remains of a concrete pad. Nearby was an old filled-in mine so we figured it had been a miner's cabin.

After checking those out we set out for the mining adit, only by probably the least direct route as possible... not because we wanted to, but because of the rugged terrain including large boulders and of course the aforementioned less-than-ideal thick brush. Along the way we happened across a small memorial.

Ok, time to get serious and head on toward Oak Flat and the mining adit... which turned out to be nothing but a square 'cave' cut out of a wall. Not really worth the effort so we headed back to cross the 60, this time taking the Queen Creek culvert under the 60. Somewhere in this area Tracey managed to lose the plastic/titanium tip of her (actually one of my 'extras') hiking pole. It had to have come off within a few hundred feet of me noticing it was missing, as she used it as a pointer as she said look at the bird... which of course I never saw once I noticed the tip missing. I retraced to a point where she recalled it still attached but didn't find it. No big deal, I had a replacement tip in the car.

We took a quick break at the car before setting off on a hike uphill in the opposite direction as before wrapping up the hike after a short one-mile loop. Being mostly-cloudy and breezy it barely reached the upper 70's by time we headed for home so it was another very pleasant hike.
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