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2020-12-05  
Gila/Woolsey Desert Wander, AZ
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Gila/Woolsey Desert Wander, AZ 
Gila/Woolsey Desert Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.73 mph
1,113 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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Friday afternoon I still had no plan for a Saturday hike. So I dug deep and thought I'd go and check out a couple of interesting things I noticed in satellite pictures of the Woolsey Wilderness... but I didn't have high expectations for excitement. Then it occurred to me that really I should be out looking for mysterious monoliths - way more relevant nowadays.

I always enjoy walking in the nice open desert. When I got on top of a bump that had "something" on top, I found it was a nice stone circle but not convincingly ancient (or somewhat re-stacked by later visitors). It did have a Fliver-type "Height of Light" or "Tower of Power" (great horn section) on top.

I continued along to find a rock arrangement I hadn't been to before. Its a distinct manmade X. Without any context I'd think it was modern, made for "whatev" - but it's actually pretty close to some other rock arrangements (I've visited before) that archaeologists and native people apparently take seriously and are pretty cool.

I didn't find any monoliths but I didn't look behind every saguaro. I saw a spot where possibly someone had already removed a monolith - you'll have to decide yourself.
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