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Sierra Ancha Ruins, AZ
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Sierra Ancha Ruins, AZ 
Sierra Ancha Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.45 Miles 3,026 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles
3,026 ft AEG
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I had never been to the Cold Creek Canyon Ruins or the Pueblo Canyon Ruins, so I decided to go check both of them out.

Both sets of ruins were well-preserved and they were amazing to see.

The drive in to the trailhead was a bit of an adventure itself -- driving 20 miles each way on an unpaved road takes a while. The road wasn't too bad until we got about 1-2 miles before Devils Chasm, and then it was pretty rough from Devils Chasm to the Cold Springs TH. You definitely would want a high clearance 4WD vehicle for this one.

We went to the Cold Springs Canyon Ruins first. Once we got near the ruins it was a tough and slippery climb up to and down from the ruins. We did not go into the crack house -- I did not want to damage any of the structure by trying to climb up in it. However, there might have been another way to get into the ruins around the corner from the crack house, but we did not check it out.

The Pueblo Canyon Ruins were impressive also. However, the trail to the ruins was very overgrown in places and was difficult to follow. Part of it was like going through a jungle, with poison ivy, grape vines, chapparel, catsclaw, scrub oak, and other assorted vegetation.

There was only a trickle of water in the waterfall at the end of the canyon. On the way back we went inside of the old mineshaft that was alongside the trail.

The high canyon walls in Pueblo Canyon wrecked havoc with my GPS -- so much so that the portion of the track in Pueblo Canyon was useless. I estimated the hike distance and elevation gain as follows: The guide for Pueblo Canyon lists the distance as 7 miles and the AEG as 2,500', so I used that for Pueblo Canyon. I measured the hike to Cold Springs Canyon as 3.45 miles; the guide lists the AEG as 1,191'. The portion of the hike from the TH to the turn for Cold Springs Canyon was right at 1 mile; so to avoid doublecounting, I subtracted 2 miles from the 3.45 distance to Cold Springs, and thus came up with 1.45 for the portion of the hike from the turnoff to Cold Springs Canyon to the ruins and back. According to the guide, the AEG for Cold Springs Canyon is 1,191'; I measured a gain of 665' from the TH to the turn for Cold Springs Canyon. Again, to avoid double counting I subtracted 665' from 1,191' and came up with an AEG of 526' for the Cold Springs Canyon portion of the hike.
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