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Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ
mini location map2020-12-14
14 by photographer avatarOregon_Hiker
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Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ 
Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.54 Miles 753 AEG
Hiking2.54 Miles   4 Hrs      0.77 mph
753 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Grasshopper
This was a day trip out to the western foothills of the Sierra Ancha Mountains to the east of Roosevelt Lake. The plan was to take a look at an ancient habitation site that ssk44 had seen on Google Earth. See @Grasshopper triplog for details on the driving route. The last few miles of FR97 were rough 4x4 high clearance but worth the drive to shorten the hike for us two old geezers. The hike took some route finding to find a way through the thick brush along the bank of Tank Creek and to avoid treacherous steep rocky slopes. The habitation site had great views of the surrounding area and line of sight views of several other hilltop sites reported to be in that area. There were maybe a half dozen rooms with the walls mostly knocked down but parts of two walls were 3 to 5 ft tall. We did not see any pottery sherds or other artifacts but didn't spend much time looking. So, not a significant find but always interesting to think about why the ancients lived here where getting water would have required a half mile or more hike down and back up a steep rocky slope.

Thanks to @Grasshopper for opening and closing at least 3 gates on the drive along FR97 and to me for remembering to wait for him to get back to the car after he closed the gates.
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