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Mistake Peak Ridge
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2020-01-24  
2020-01-24  
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Mistake Peak RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,132 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   5 Hrs      0.62 mph
1,132 ft AEG
 
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Grasshopper and I are still working our way through a list of possible ruin locations found on Google Earth by ssk44. The destination for this hike was a small ruin he had spotted on the top of peak 5074 on a ridge leading up to Mistake Peak in Tonto Basin. The driving route requires crossing Tonto Creek at Punkin Center. We checked the creek level on-line before leaving Phoenix that morning and it was at 185 cubic ft per second which was below the 200 cfs recommended by ssk44 as the maximum for safe crossing. When we arrived at the creek I insisted we watch several vehicles driving across just to be sure it was safe. It seemed to be the safe thing to do since Ssk44 and GH have a history of drowning a nearly new Xterra while attempting to cross the Gila River. The crossing went OK and the rest of the drive to the trail head was uneventful.

This hike is all off trail with some meandering to go around thick clumps of brush and rock outcroppings. Only a few scraggly cats claw bushes were encountered. :y: The views of Tonto Basin and the Mazatzal Mountains to the west from the top of the peak were excellent. The ruin was where ssk44 had predicted. It appeared to have had about 8 rooms. The rock walls had all collapsed or been knocked down. Based on the size and shape of the rocks I would have expected some sections of wall to still be standing. That makes me suspect the walls had been purposefully knocked down. Pottery sherds were scattered about and there was a small collection in the ruin. We chose a slightly different route back to the car to make it a loop hike.
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[ checklist ]  Mistake Peak  Picture Mountain
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