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Sycamore Canyon Ruins, AZ
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Sycamore Canyon Ruins, AZ 
Sycamore Canyon Ruins, AZ
 
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caragruey
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After many months of this hike getting postponed due to weather hiking in Packard trail I made a spur of the moment decision to drive in to fr 181. I knew I would at least make it to the bunkhouse at Henderson Flats, and prepared to hike in from there. Well it appeared the road maintenance had just been down scraping the road. Bonus it felt ok to proceed. All things strange happened as I heard a gun pop and a puff of dirt rose up about 5 feet in front of my vehicle. Slamming the brakes I tossed it in reverse backed up a few feet and waited a minute before honking my horn numerous times and proceeding quite fast. By then I was committed to heading forward. The road narrowed no turning back I somewhat settled in and I was going to make it down this. I didn't expect this to be the diabolical road. : rambo :

Yes I made it down but in the back of my thoughts were how the heck will I make it out. But I decided to fuss over that when I needed to. Errrmmm did I mention it is a diabolical road? I arrived to find several other vehicles and a heap of backpacker taking a break under a juniper tree.

Off I went to see this ruin with a roof. What a beautiful peaceful place I was in awe. After spending time soaking it in I headed back to my vehicle. Only to spot more ruins. Unfortunately time was up for me to get back. As I got part way down I saw about 14 people heading up. Ugh so much for social distance. I dove off trail to let them pass and spoke with them lightly. They were several families on social distance outing. Hmmmm. I saw about 5 atv parked under some trees which were theirs.

I managed to get to my vehicle and begin the arduous process out when the road came alive. A motorcycle. Followed by 2 atv followed by 2 jeeps, then trucks all heading at me on a narrow road from hell and there was me in my 2 wheel drive Santa fe. But yes I made it out only to find many many miles out a stop light on a remote dirt road in the middle of nowhere. All in all great day. Scoped out other ruins I will go back and ermmm camp a few days to explore...
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