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Pine Native American Ruins, AZ
mini location map2021-10-09
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Pine Native American Ruins, AZ 
Pine Native American Ruins, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
Hiking0.55 Miles 274 AEG
Hiking0.55 Miles      33 Mns   1.38 mph
274 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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We hiked Bearfoot Trail a few weeks ago, and when I looked at the route afterward, I noticed some Native American ruins marked on Google Maps in a neighborhood near the trail. We were in the area again today hiking a loop near Hardscrabble and decided to check out the ruins since they were only ~10 minutes away. It took a little longer than usual to drive through town because this weekend was Pine's fall festival, but Pine traffic jams only delay things by a minute or two :).

We parked near the gate to the gated community and followed an unmarked trail up the hill and connected with a steep stone stairway up to the top. The ruins had three distinct rooms with a few doorways and well defined walls, and the westernmost room had a little mortar remaining on some of the interior walls. We thought we'd read that there were five rooms, and we saw the faint remains of a fourth room separate from the largest structure, but we didn't see a fifth. Father along the stone pathway are three picnic tables that provide some nice views overlooking the houses scattered around the hills in that area.

I haven't read many details about the site, but I assume these are Sinaguan ruins. Overall, they were in much better shape than expected, especially sitting on an exposed hill in an easily accessible area as they are. It's a nice stop if you happen to be in the area. This was my first time visiting ruins in a gated community...not quite the same experience as visiting ruins out in remote areas in nature, but I'm glad the developers left them intact and open to visitors :).
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