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West of Pinal Airpark, AZ
mini location map2021-01-23
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West of Pinal Airpark, AZ 
West of Pinal Airpark, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
Hansenaz
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
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Last week while walking around the flat desert west of the Pinal Airpark I noticed the dirt roads crossing the area were pretty good and it got me thinking maybe I could combine a "drive through" adventure with some unfinished business I had finding places.

I started from the west taking the gas Pipeline road off W.Silverbell Rd. There are a number of forks (and gates) but I'd planned the route pretty well. Most traffic out there is probably ATVs and Jeeps but there are no rocks to speak of, just some sand and ruts, and other than AZ pinstripes I had no problems in my Outback. Only people I saw: a 4 or 5 vehicle ATV convoy and a couple on fat-tired bikes.

First stop was near a hill that I'd walked by before and even up and down another time. But a thesis I read said there were petroglyphs so I had another look and this time I found them. Nothing very impressive though.

I continued the drive toward another petroglyph site I had looked for once before. Eventually I found this one too...it was a few hundred yards away from my initial guess. This was a nice one.

Then I continued the drive east to have another look for the main site I couldn't find last weekend. This is where I encountered the fat-tire bikers who (to my surprise) we're looking for the same place. I had drawn a box a couple hundred yards on a side where I expected to find it but it wasn't there. I headed back to the car and on a whim decided to check the other side of the road and then I found it. Not much remains of the "melted" Hohokam platform mound but broken pottery.

I continued my drive east and connected up with the same agricultural roads I drove last weekend, so the one way "through-drive" worked, and the three sites were found...good day. The GPS track for the drive: [ gps route ]
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