|Beeline Ruins and Sun 3804 Benchmark, AZ|
|Beeline Ruins and Sun 3804 Benchmark, AZ|| |
Beeline Ruins and Sun 3804 Benchmark, AZ
|Hiking||1.82 Miles|| 1 Hour 5 Mns ||2.54 mph|
|323 ft AEG|| 22 Mns Break|
|After hiking Black Ridge Loop earlier in the day [ triplog ] , we tacked on a short hike to Beeline Ruins. We were only parked ~ a half mile away from the earlier hike, so we didn't bother driving closer to the ruins site along FR 1705, and it's a very easy hike up to the hilltop.|
As we approached, it looked like the top was too rocky and uneven to make it an appealing site for natives, and there were plenty of higher ridges and peaks in the area, so it was interesting to see that they chose to build where they did. I wasn't expecting much from the site given its proximity to a mine and the highway, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The top was larger and flatter than it appeared from below, though there were a lot of large boulders on top. This was the first pueblo-style ruins site I've come across that was built among large boulders like this one. The walls were pretty deteriorated, but there were a few pot sherds and a metate. We also noticed some of the flat slabs of rock that others have mentioned in trip logs.
It was also interesting that the structures were concentrated on one part of the hill. There's some kind of perimeter wall along the north edge and some structures on the northwest side, but the rest of the hilltop didn't have any artifacts or signs of structures...just nice views of the surrounding area.
[ youtube video ]
I'd noticed the Sun 3804 benchmark on the map and figured I'd checked that out since it was nearby on a neighboring hilltop. I headed up there and found reference marker #2 first, then located the benchmark buried in the middle of a large prickly pear. I did a quick search for RM #1 but didn't see find one or the azimuth mark before heading back down. This is a very short hike to a small ruins site without much in the way of structures--and what's there is pretty deteriorated--but it makes a nice quick stop to tack onto other hikes in the area or if you're passing by on Highway 87.