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Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ
mini location map2020-01-31
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Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ 
Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.30 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   0.56 mph
780 ft AEG
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Grasshopper and I headed out to Tonto Basin near Roosevelt Lake to do some off trail exploring in the foothills below the 4-Peaks at the south end of the Mazatzals. Since the Mazatzals are MountainMatt territory we invited him to join us. We ended up doing short hikes at two different locations. This triplog and photo-set covers the first of the two hikes.

This hike led us to the top of a hill with commanding views of the northwest end of Roosevelt Lake. It also had a large hilltop compound or fortress type Indian ruin with rock walls that encircled the entire circumference of the top of the hill. Based on the measurement function in GE, the outer walls spanned an area 191 feet across at its widest. There didn't appear to be many, if any, distinct habitation type rooms. But there were random sections of walls all over the place so possible these were part of room construction. There had been a plentiful supply of rocks for this extravagance. The GE satellite view appears to show a smaller inner circular rock wall inside the perimeter wall but the bushes made it difficult to see from ground level. Many of the rocks used for wall building were quite large, probably heavier than one person could lift by him/herself. Dense vegetation and thick soil made it difficult to see any possible artifacts scattered on the surface but there were a few small red pottery sherds in one area where the soil wasn't as thick.

We didn't hang around for very long at the ruin because there was another area we wanted to explore before the day was over.
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