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Hogan Cabin Wander, AZ
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Hogan Cabin Wander, AZ 
Hogan Cabin Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking8.87 Miles 2,708 AEG
Hiking8.87 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   1.29 mph
2,708 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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I've always wanted to explore the area between Perry Mesa and the Verde River - it's big, but a lot of it is not very accessible.

It occurred to me I could try to drive in on FR257, past Rosalie, heading toward Brooklyn Peak. I'm usually reticent about taking my Subaru on remote jeep roads but I thought I'd see how far I could get. I got nervous as I hit the switchbacks wondering if I'd reach an impasse before I found a turn around. And so after a tricky spot I did a turnaround and figured "good enough".

I walked the road to the top and down toward Brooklyn Peak and past a couple stock tanks (one dry, one full). I probably could have driven to the top but the road was blocked/closed a bit further along. Ground truthing the various maps just leads to the conclusion that you shouldn't believe them: some of the roads are not only closed, they're gone. This includes a road (or maybe it's a trail) that showed up on my GPS' map heading down to Hogan Cabin. That was definitely a bushwack.

I found the cabin. It's reasonably intact but I doubt you'd want to shelter in it. I noticed an old wire bed frame had been taken out in the "yard".

I climbed back out of the creek to meet up with a ridge system I had picked to get to some points of interest that might have been used by the ancients. The walking was good but other than some cairns on low summits I didn't see any other human signs.

When I got to the 2nd to the last summit I thought I'd then have a straight forward return over Pt 5060 but the trip got unpleasant. Nasty bushwack down and too much vertical for me at the end of the day - tired and slow. I was very happy to get back to the car but things got worse. I was parked about 20' from a narrow wash-out that I had carefully passed in the morning. I could see the road had changed since then. (I wouldn't have thought anyone would have passed by, but I'm guessing some ATVs did (maybe the guys in pic 15).) There were some ineffectual sticks and rocks added to the washout side and a perpendicular rut on the high side looked bigger. Anyway I went forward, keeping away from the washout and "boom", fell into the rut and I was stuck. Front wheel so deep my lower fender had popped over the upper fender, rear wheel off the ground. Very bad - middle of nowhere, by myself, getting dark. I jammed a few small rocks under the rear tire...tried reverse, nothing...tried forward, popped out! I was shocked...not lucky, just rewarded for clean living. :)
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