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Ruin Walk, AZ
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Ruin Walk, AZ 
Ruin Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking3.79 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking3.79 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.35 mph
763 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Ken GE-spotted a ruin we'd been looking for north of Holmes Canyon in the middle of nowhere. I contemplated a walk from the east but Ken volunteered to take his Grand Cherokee up FR602 which would get us closer, so away we went.

Though we parked less than 50mi from where we started at Ken's place it took us 4hrs to get there. This was in part due to two delays 20-25mi up Seven Springs Road as 1) we helped some young campers whose 2WD Tacoma was stuck, and 2) a clueless fellow in a minivan ran out of gas in the middle of the road with about 6 other vehicles stuck behind him. (He wasn't worried because he had a spare gallon and was "following Google Maps". An ATV guy gave him two more gallons and I convinced him to turn around.)

But the jeep road we turned on to (FR602) was real slow and eventually we hit an impassable washout. We walked the road another mile or so before dropping down to the ruin site. Lots of catclaw to dodge along the way.

The ruin was a disappointment in that it was totally collapsed and overgrown and we didn't find many interesting things there (just a little pottery). We had plans to visit another nearby ruin that we'd separately been to before but the thought of driving that jeep road in the dark made us punt on that idea.

We stopped at Renner Spring (in Holmes Canyon) on the way out and saw some interesting stuff - mainly modern but some looked ancient. Somebody used to live or work up there but I couldn't find any history via Google.
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