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Wise Mesa Santa Cruz, AZ
mini location map2021-05-05
13 by photographer avatarHikerWill
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Wise Mesa Santa Cruz, AZ 
Wise Mesa Santa Cruz, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2021
HikerWill
Hiking2.75 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.06 mph
600 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Another Wednesday on Wise Mesa.
Got off work a little early after putting some new strings on a violin.
Wise Mesa is nearby and I just needed some exercise,
I was thinking I would cover 2 miles in a couple of hours and be back in time to put a finger board on another violin.

Half a mile from where the pavement ends is a watering trough.
Parked here and headed to the East along the ridge. A cow path came and went.
The Mesa here dropped off quickly into a small canyon.
No stickers or briars and the cows had cleared the vegetation to the dirt.
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About 200 yards later I found a tank that's not on my maps.
Dry as a bone.
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Headed back out of the canyon to the North and followed a fence line that came to a gate and a dirt road that led back into town. From here I could see the truck and decided to make a beeline. Ten minutes later I realized there was a lot more elevation loss and gain than I planned on. The other option was to follow the ridgeline to the Camino Ramanote and backtrack.

Then I saw a road that was cleverly disguised as not a road and took it down into the canyon and back up the other side. It turned out to be a trench for water line to an old stock tank,
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Headed back from there and came home and checked the distance on google maps.
2.75 miles not including backtracking to find my hiking stick.
So glad my thermos had ice water in it back at the truck.
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