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Bumble Bee Ruin Loop, AZ
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Bumble Bee Ruin Loop, AZ 
Bumble Bee Ruin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.44 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking4.44 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   1.17 mph
950 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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A friend sent me a report about racetracks in the Perry Mesa area. I've never been very interested in racetracks (they are hard to see) but the report mentioned a ruin west of Black Mesa that I didn't know about so I thought I'd see if I could go find it.

I saw a "smudge" in the satellite picture and figured that was it...but no, just some rocks. I was not sure if it would be worth just looking around (it had been a non-stellar journey through sticky cow country so far), but when I got a clearer view ahead it looked better so I continued down the hill through some open country and hit the Alkali Creek bottom. I went "upstream" and was surprised to find good-sized pools in a few places. I suspect the water is not good (based on the name) but I did see a few birds at the edges and a few bugs swimming around.

I exited the creek at about the same place I had crossed it 3 weeks ago (part of a trip from the top of Black Mesa). I planned to loop back from there, and was lucky to start finding stuff on the ridge as I headed back west. Bedrock metates and pottery and then collapsed rooms near a highpoint. Very overgrown so I couldn't really judge how many rooms but it was plenty, quite spread out. There were two other high points within a few hundred yards and they also had collapsed walls and pottery. So I guess I found the ruin I was looking for.

Looped back a different way, staying more on ridge tops and some cow paths, and that was a little better. I'll call it a success.
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