|Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ|
|Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ|| |
Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ
|Hiking||1.70 Miles|| 2 Hrs 13 Mns ||0.77 mph|
|720 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|This was our second hike of the day exploring the foothills below the 4-Peaks at the south end of the Mazatzals. Our destination was the top of a peak to check for possible ruins of an ancient Indian hilltop fortress. The peak, actually more of a hill, was approximately the same height as the one we hiked to earlier in the day and we also found a hilltop compound type ruin here similar in size and layout to the one on the previous hill. It also had commanding views of the northwest end of Roosevelt Lake. When the ancients were here there would have been views of Tonto Creek and the probable fields along the creek where they grew crops. The other hilltop ruin which was only 3 miles away could also be seen from this hilltop.|
The outer rock wall extended around the entire periphery of the hilltop. The total length of this wall is approximately 425 ft as measured on the GE image. There appeared to be a cluster of 4 to 6 rooms against the peripheral wall on the east side and there were some random sections of wall elsewhere within the enclosure. Any other room walls if they had existed may have been knocked down by pot hunters or grazing cattle. We didn't see much in the way of pottery sherds or other artifacts scattered on the surface.