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2008-10-18  
Lil Grand Cyn Sierra Ancha, AZ
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Lil Grand Cyn Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Lil Grand Cyn Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2008
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The locals in Globe have given this name to the majestic red cliffs that overlook Lake Roosevelt and that you drive almost on top of on Hwy 288 on the climb up to the Workman Creek area of the Sierra Ancha. This area consists of several name canyons, the largest being Parker Canyon. A technical descent of the upper portion is written up by Todd Martin in his tech canyoneering guide. We car camped on a spectacular overlook, rim walked a bit, then located a steep descent down, scree surfing and cactus dodging required. It took us to a land of gorgeous pinnacles, then up the creek bed with it's mix up of rock types, really pretty.
Better photos can be had from above but the inner gorge was beautiful, a few pools of water, a dry fall to get around then it terminated at a higher fall with sheer cliffs. We took a narrow and shaded canyon back up, not nearly at brushy and nice rock, boulders to step up on with a short scramble at the top. A little bushwacking and we were back at the car, sunburned and happy the route worked out. Took about a half a day to go less than 2 miles. Not really recommended but satisfied that urge---what's down there???

Then we drove on, worked on a pinon nut harvest, walked a bit, located an unusual ridge top ruin site, very grown over, most pottery shards---sherds?? help, PageRob!!-- I have seen in one area. Mostly work pottery but some Redware, corrugated and a few bits of possibly ceremonial pottery--black on white. A few still discernable trails radiating out from the site. Seemed undisturbed and we left it that way.

Next day off trail traverse to view the Narrows we had been down partway previously where it dumped out into a huge and impressive steep cliffed canyon. Nasty manzanita crawling. We made it to an overlook. Brian is amazing, he can go off trail in thick brush, trees, look at a map like days before and go to a place and back without a compass or GPS and never deviate. I think sometimes he is channeling some mountain guy like Jeremiah Johnson or something.

Of the pics I'll put up we saw a maple or two but the tops of the mountains got a hard freeze last weekend so most of the leaves look fried; the last two pics will be at the Narrows.
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