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Horseshoe Dam Rd Side Track, AZ
mini location map2022-04-24
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Horseshoe Dam Rd Side Track, AZ 
Horseshoe Dam Rd Side Track, AZ
 
Hiking4.60 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.23 mph
700 ft AEG
 
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This was a short morning hike on an old seemingly abandoned forest road leading northwest into the desert foothills off of the Horseshoe Dam Road near the end of the paved section. The old road makes for easy hiking with no rocks to stumble over, just a covering of coarse granite sand. Wildflowers were abundant but no Mexican Gold Poppies. The desert flora has been recovering nicely from the Sept 2020 Sears Wildfire. I had some clues to the location of an ancient rock pile on a ridgetop and it turned out to be fairly significant with about 20 rooms scattered 200 yds along the ridge. Some of the rooms had semi-intact walls up to 3 to 4 ft high.

On the return I accidentally took a wrong turn on to a different track due to being too focused on keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the road. (none seen) I didn't discover my mistake until I had gone 0.8 miles. Rather than backtrack I took off across country in a straight line for the car. The off-trail conditions were conducive to a fast pace except for the thickets of cats claw in the bottoms of the several washes I had to cross. So the hike ended up being a nice unintended lollipop loop.
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