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2021-01-09  
4660 Loop, AZ
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4660 Loop, AZ 
4660 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
Hansenaz
Hiking5.69 Miles 2,432 AEG
Hiking5.69 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
2,432 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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I knew I was not going to enjoy this walk - too much steep bushwacking. But these high hills had loomed over many of my "ruin walks" the last few years and who knows? Maybe I'd find something up there. To add a little intrigue I could pass a stone wall in the wash behind St Clair Mountain that my friend (a quail hunter) told me about and is easily seen in satellite pictures. I figured it was modern, built by ranchers, and I probably wouldn't find anything on the inhospitable ridge. But it's relatively close to home and would get me outside.

I was pretty much right. Impressive wall, likely a corral, and I didn't see any signs that ancients wasted their time on that steep ridge. The recent burn had hit most of the ridge making travel a little easier. Worst ascent was the last pull to the high point (4660 on some maps) which was still manzanita-choked. Worst descent was the last one off Pt 4522 which was very steep and slow. Leave out these two, and I guess the initial climb from 2700' to ~4000', and the ridge was fine with nice views all around. Much of the nearby stuff is steep country and doesn't get a lot of traffic, but it was interesting to have a different view of places I'd been before.

As I got nearer 4660 there was a faint game trail and I did see a white-tail doe. Plenty of hawks, one was startled by me when he came around a corner at the same altitude. Summit register on 4660 was placed in 1992 and is crumbling. I suspect some pages are missing (nothing between 1999 and 2018), but one entry each for 2019 and 2020 was more than I expected.

Once off the ridge I joined a route I'd taken before, part of which is now heavily rutted by (I think) motor-bike traffic. Passed a ruin I'd been to twice before. The room outlines, terracing, and perimeter walls are all easier to see after the fire. Followed low ridges and washes back to the car. Can't recommend this route.
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