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Cline Creek RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking4.02 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.26 mph
690 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break
 
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Decided to check out another one from the ruins seldom seen book since I enjoyed my last one so much. Spoiler alert: This one was definitely not as exciting as the last… :sweat:

I’ve finally been officially cleared for any type of hiking (my sprain is healed :D ) so I really just wanted to do a peak, knowing it would be tough given I’m out of shape from all the resting & light hiking. A ruin at the top was an incentive I could get on board with, so it looked like a decent choice.

Last hike I drove too far and made my hike too short, so this one I parked where the book & HAZ tells you to park. It was odd because you are hiking on an old road for the beginning of the trail. There were visible tire tracks on the road, but the topo did not show it being an official road at all… :? Anyway, you’re hiking this flat-ish bumpy road for a couple of miles until your ascent starts. Apparently they saved all of the AEG for the last section at the end…

Getting up to the peak was STEEP! The overall AEG for the hike is not bad at all, but it’s the grade of the steepness that was challenging for me, especially with it being 90 degrees today. I was very slow getting to the top, but what matters is that I didn’t quit. I saw a baby desert tortoise on the way up; I was faster than him!

The ruin site was not as impressive as others I’ve seen, but it was overall large and contained several different “rooms.” I particularly enjoyed the window built into in one of the rooms. They did have nice views for sure! There were also some pottery shards scattered around throughout the whole site. One wall was larger than the rest and had some petroglyphs on the rocks below. I did see other glyphs that more looked like scratches and I didn’t photograph them as I wasn’t sure if they were even original. The summit of the butte had a lot of biting flies so I didn’t get to stay & look around as long as I’d like, but I did enjoy a nice break up there.

I had both the loop and the out and back mapped out, and decided to opt for the latter. I felt like I’d seen enough and it was really hot out there with no clouds. In fact, on the return I felt pretty overheated and took a few breaks in the shade of random bushes to cool down. Definitely should have started a tad earlier but good lesson to help me remember that the heat is now on in AZ. It’s time for canyons versus peaks in the valley. Overall, glad I saw a new place but would not return.
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