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Horseshoe SE Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-12-29
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Horseshoe SE Loop, AZ 
Horseshoe SE Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking8.74 Miles 1,202 AEG
Hiking8.74 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.80 mph
1,202 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Had a vague plan to walk around SE of the Horseshoe Dam. I first looked from the (well) below the dam crossing road and no surprise it was plenty wet. And on a 37deg morning I was not gonna wade it so I went up to the spillway for a dry crossing with no particular destination in mind.

Walking the road south toward the ranch the hill to the left started to look a little interesting so I headed that way, up a couple ridges, ending up back overlooking the lake. Along the way I noticed a rock alignment, looked down and saw some pottery pieces, and simultaneously 5 or 6 javelina ran by me. This was all the excitement for the day and it happened in a span of about 10 seconds.

Walking the long ridge SE of the dam had fine views in all directions but no more cultural signs. A steep drop to the east brought me near enough to a big ruin I looked at briefly a few years ago that I thought I'd go there again. No change: its messy, dug up and overgrown, but I was in the neighborhood.

Walked the road out past the ranch. I was passed by 4 guys on fat-tired mountain bikes. In a brief exchange one mentioned they'd done 30mi. Driving in that morning I'd noticed 5 other bikepackers laboring up the dirt road so it seems this area is on the biker's map. I'm guessing they combine the Horseshoe crossing with Sheep Bridge.
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Horseshoe Reservoir
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