|Cherry Creek Canyon Wander #2, AZ|
|Cherry Creek Canyon Wander #2, AZ|| |
Cherry Creek Canyon Wander #2, AZ
|Hiking||2.60 Miles|| 4 Hrs 16 Mns ||0.61 mph|
|560 ft AEG|
|The plan for this day hike out of camp was to spend some time searching for a small pueblo style ruin that is supposed to be located close to where FR203 crosses Pueblo Canyon Creek. I searched this area before with no luck but wanted to check some areas I hadn't covered before. I didn't find any sign of ancient habitation on this day but was able to probe about a 100 yds up Pueblo Canyon from FR203 - some interesting geology up there. |
After the ruin search the plan was to scout out another section of the old abandoned road bed that probably provided access up Cherry Creek before the current FR203 road was built. This old road bed is a short distance lower down the side of the canyon from the current FR203. FR203 was built in the 1950s with government funding from the Atomic Energy Commission to aid prospecting and mining for uranium. FR203 at one time was known as the AEC Road. It would be interesting to know the history of the old road. It is not shown on a 1950 McFadden Peak USGS map of the area. That 1950 map shows the Cherry Creek Road ending at Ellison Ranch and it shows a road descending from Board Tree Saddle on HW288 to the PB Ranch on PB Creek. But no roads are shown following Cherry Creek between PB Ranch and the Ellison Ranch. In the mid 1920s the Cherry Creek Road only extended from HW288 as far as the first Cherry Creek crossing. Access to Ellison Ranch from that point was via a wagon trail.
I was only able to follow the old road bed for a short distance below FR203 before reaching an area where it had been wiped out by flash flood damage from a couple of small drainages. So I bushwhacked across Pueblo Creek stopping there for a snack and then headed up the north side towards camp. I discovered the other end of the old road near camp and where it connected with the section of old road I had followed the day before. This old road followed land contours that allowed a bare minimum of excavation for building the road but it probably wasn't wide enough and had sections that were too steep for bringing in mining equipment and hauling out ore.
It was a short hike on this day but the shade back at camp was welcoming as the afternoon temps were getting a little warm.