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Cherry Creek Canyon Wander #3, AZ
mini location map2020-04-23
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Cherry Creek Canyon Wander #3, AZ 
Cherry Creek Canyon Wander #3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking3.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.55 mph
750 ft AEG
 
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This was my third day hike of my 4 night car camping trip to Cherry Creek in the Sierra Ancha Mountains. The plan was to do another short wander out of camp to verify the route of an old road bed which passed by camp and to check the top of a nearby hill for possible ancient Indian Ruins. I was able to verify the route of the old road through an area that has been torn up over the years by flash flood erosion.

I decided to take the scenic and easier route to the hill top by hiking up the Pueblo Canyon Trail to a point above the hill and then follow a ridge down to the top of the hill. This made it an easy hike for my last day. Unfortunately, no Indian Ruins. While descending the steep hillside back to FR203 I heard the distinctive rattle of a nearby snake. I stopped to determine if he was ahead of me or behind me while he kept up a persistent rattle. He was a few feet ahead of me in a thick clump of grass in the shade of a bush. I slowly backed up a few steps then got out the camera but couldn't see him. I chose to take a different route down the hill after thanking him for giving me a warning which also led to taking a better route down the hill. This would be my only snake encounter of the trip which is surprising considering all the off trail wandering I did in heavy cover and the warm weather. That doesn't include the Gopher Snake that I stopped to let cross Cherry Creek Road while driving here four days ago.

Had another relaxing afternoon in the shade reading a book and then packed up the next morning for the drive back to Covid-19 mayhem. On the drive home I finally turned on the radio to hear some news an hour out of Phoenix. Big mistake, everyone was ranting about injecting disinfectants to cure Covid-19. I was ready to turn around and head back to the Sierra Ancha but that wouldn't have gone over too well with Mrs. OH. :(
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