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Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ
mini location map2020-02-20
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Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ 
Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.80 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
338 ft AEG
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Grasshopper
Grasshopper and I invaded @MountainMatt territory to check out one of his ruin finds located on a high juniper covered mesa cut by deep canyons. The 4x4 track across the mesa was a slow and gut wrenching drive due to large half buried rocks littering the road. A large cloud of dust ahead of us had me puzzled until we got closer and discovered it was caused by a sizable herd of elk preceding us down the road. We finally got tired of bouncing around on the road and took off walking directly across country towards our destination. That turned out to be a faster, shorter route. As we approached within a half mile of the ruin we noticed pottery sherds and worked rock flakes littering the ground - this continued all the way to the ruin.

The ruin was located on the end of a point sticking out into a deep canyon. There were many crumbled down rock walls outlining about 15 rooms. The walls were built with irregular shaped basalt rocks which don't stand up well over time so the tallest wall sections were only a few feet high. Most of the rooms were strung out in a line along the cliff edge of the canyon. We explored the ruins, stopped for lunch with a view, then headed back to the car to drive 25 miles to a pictograph location almost in MountainMatt's backyard. On the way we stopped at his home in Pine to drop off keys he lost under the back seat of my FJ Cruiser 3 weeks ago. (Our bargaining chip for getting him to reveal the locations we visited on this day). :)

Photos of the pictographs are included in this triplog. We had a difficult time finding the pictographs because the topo map position provided by Matt appeared to be off or wasn't quite precise enough given the large number of rock mounds with alcoves at this location. A kind local drove up as we were headed back to the car after giving up the search. He asked if we were looking for "the cave" and when we described the pictographs he said "They're right up there" and pointed to a rock out cropping directly above us on the hillside.

It was a productive day, lots of scenic views, ancient rock piles and some unique pictographs. Thanks @MountainMatt, for sharing.
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