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New River Mesa - North, AZ
mini location map2020-01-18
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New River Mesa - North, AZ 
New River Mesa - North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking5.32 Miles 1,448 AEG
Hiking5.32 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   1.04 mph
1,448 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Ken asked if I wanted to come along to visit a ruin on the north side of New River Mesa. At first I was doubtful....I thought I knew and had been to most interesting spots on NRM but after learning more I realized I had just put this area out-of-mind because it's hard to get to. Both Petrophile and Oregon_Hiker have logged trips to a nice ruin up there and Ken went up and "droned it" a couple weeks ago.

He thought there might be another one on the northern NRM finger east of the one with the known ruin. Oregon_Hiker also has visited that area though not to the mesa top where the current suspect was located. I pre-loaded Larry's GPS route and waypoints along with a planned route and Ken drove us in on FR41 from the east. Pretty nasty road (definitely not Subaruable) but apparently it's worse from the west. When we got to the start I found there was no route in my Etrex20...grrr..this has happened a couple times before but I plan some forensics this time.

So we just explored. Turns out we found one of the small ruins and glyph sites that Larry found and missed one of each. We also found a different glyph site. There was no sign of the anticipated ruin on top - oh well, that happens. We explored a small part of the huge mesa top then did a steep descent to the shelf to the west where Larry had inspected a portion of "mystery wall" (finally assigned by him to ranchers/shepherds 100+ years ago).

It's a nice area along the New River between NRM and NR Mountains so I'm glad I went, but that's a long bouncy ride.
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