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Nov 21 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Gila East Loop, AZ 
Lower Gila East Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking8.40 Miles 671 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   1.79 mph
671 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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I'm running low on new places to walk on the lower Gila. Today I picked a section south of Painted Rocks. The mesa edge is pretty far from the river edge so I didn't expect much and I didn't find much.

Wasn't sure what to expect from the road heading due south from Painted Rocks. It's not bad on average but had a couple jeepy sections that I could have given up on. I think I've been watching too much Matt's Towing though and just powered ahead. My new Outback picked up some pinstripes - this will help my outdoorsy credibility in grocery store parking lots.

As usual I enjoyed walking out there but I only saw a couple minor rock alignments and maybe got another clue on the dotted paths - Alston might be right that animals could do that.
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Nov 14 2020
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bumble Bee Ruin Loop, AZ 
Bumble Bee Ruin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.44 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking4.44 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   1.17 mph
950 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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A friend sent me a report about racetracks in the Perry Mesa area. I've never been very interested in racetracks (they are hard to see) but the report mentioned a ruin west of Black Mesa that I didn't know about so I thought I'd see if I could go find it.

I saw a "smudge" in the satellite picture and figured that was it...but no, just some rocks. I was not sure if it would be worth just looking around (it had been a non-stellar journey through sticky cow country so far), but when I got a clearer view ahead it looked better so I continued down the hill through some open country and hit the Alkali Creek bottom. I went "upstream" and was surprised to find good-sized pools in a few places. I suspect the water is not good (based on the name) but I did see a few birds at the edges and a few bugs swimming around.

I exited the creek at about the same place I had crossed it 3 weeks ago (part of a trip from the top of Black Mesa). I planned to loop back from there, and was lucky to start finding stuff on the ridge as I headed back west. Bedrock metates and pottery and then collapsed rooms near a highpoint. Very overgrown so I couldn't really judge how many rooms but it was plenty, quite spread out. There were two other high points within a few hundred yards and they also had collapsed walls and pottery. So I guess I found the ruin I was looking for.

Looped back a different way, staying more on ridge tops and some cow paths, and that was a little better. I'll call it a success.
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Nov 07 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Wild Horse Canyon (Lower Gila), AZ 
Wild Horse Canyon (Lower Gila), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking7.20 Miles 630 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   1.76 mph
630 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Celebrated the first cool weekend by going south to the lower Gila River. I've just about run out of new places on the river edge but thought Wild Horse Canyon (a tributary) might be an interesting place to walk around.

I looked along the edges but saw little sign of ancient inhabitants. Probably too far from the river. The area is criss-crossed with paths beaten into the basalt pebbles and some may be very old (who the heck ever goes there?). Some of them show the mysterious "dotting" that is common in the area - I still don't know a good explanation for it.

But I always like it out there.
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Oct 31 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Eric's Fort Fail, AZ 
Eric's Fort Fail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking6.41 Miles 1,098 AEG
Hiking6.41 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   1.29 mph
1,098 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Eric (@ssk44) is a Google Earth ninja. He's found a lot of cool ruins through the years, many of them posted as triplogs by Larry, Hank, and himself. Now and then he tells me about a "find" and last week it was a really cool one. I was surprised by it because 1) its in a pretty obvious place in a pretty popular area 2) it shows up fairly clearly in satellite pictures, 3) I couldn't find any information on it all - so it's apparently not well known. These are all good reasons to go have a look.

My trip did not start well. My carefully thought out route info didn't appear on my gps. (User error: I copied a .kml file instead of a .gpx). But I had stared at the map closely enough that it was burned in my memory so the main problem was finding the right roads to the start. A couple wrong turns, probably cost me 30 min.

I could drive within a couple miles of the ruin and had a couple mile bushwack through the junipers to the edge where I could see the spur. I passed a small ruin (pottery and low walls) along the way.

The first view of the "target" was about as expected - intimidating. Steep down and no obvious way up. With my superzoom camera I could clearly see walls on top - the location on top of a spur protruding into a big canyon makes me think it is more likely a fort or lookout rather than a habitation site. But it looked like a lot of walls so maybe a penthouse apartment.

It was tedious getting there but once I got to the bottom the best way to get closer went past a man-made wall (probably to keep bad guys from coming in the back door). A way up was not obvious and the most likely spot was just too sketchy for me. I decided to retreat but made one more try on the other side, passing another wall, but again was stopped by steep rock.

I think a braver climber could do this without too much trouble (obviously there was a standard route 700-800 yrs ago) and maybe I could have with some knowledge that a particular route really goes without barriers.
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Oct 24 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
West Black Mesa Loop, AZ 
West Black Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking6.33 Miles 881 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.26 mph
881 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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I didn't have a good idea of where to go today. I initially planned a "central" eastside of Black Mesa walk, the edge above the Agua Fria is usually worth exploring. But Friday afternoon I ran across an old gps track which reminded me I'd already walked the planned route 4years ago so I needed a quick plan B.

I've not looked on the west side of the mesa (west of I-17) before. Though I didn't expect to find much in the tall grass it had an easy approach (at the I-17 Sunset rest stop exit) so why not?

For the first hour or so I only saw one or two small pieces of pottery and was prepared to be skunked. But then I walked right into a really nice petroglyph and things started looking up. Small (not too good) petroglyphs started showing up and then a ruin site with associated collapsed walls, petroglyphs and pottery sherds pretty near the Interstate.

I had originally thought I'd go down Alkali Canyon - sometimes drops like that have rock art and metates at "water falls". But the very top was pinched by the highway and looking down it looked both "no fun" and unlikely to have ever had much traffic. So I continued north along the edge. Good choice because there was a pretty substantial ruin at the mesa corner.

Steep drop down to Alkali Creek (butt sliding on crumbly rock was involved) then I walked the flats through ranch land before walking up to the car. I don't think a lot of hikers travel around here - the few faint paths on the mesa top probably due to wildlife. A ranch road on the flats is probably the best route but I didn't figure that out til the end.

Still learning the phone camera. I now know the funny noise it makes when I take a picture means it's recording a video. Got a lot of footage inside my pocket.
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Oct 17 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Badger Springs Loop, AZ 
Badger Springs Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking8.46 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   1.44 mph
1,178 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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I noticed a section of the Perry Mesa edge I haven't walked before and figured I could make a loop passing a few good spots I'd been too before.

Badger Springs Trailhead is a good place to start: very accessible and instant riparian scenery. I crossed the dry river and walked up to the mesa top on the far side, turned north and walked the mesa edge. Passed a couple favorite petroglyphs along the way up and ran across a couple new sites (for me) on the way to Baby Canyon. I had been a little worried about tall grass on the mesa but it wasn't as bad as it could have been (knee high). Still I probably missed plenty while trying to avoid tripping over the hidden rocks.

Steep bushwack down to the mouth of Baby Canyon where I visited another couple familiar petroglyphs then a return down the sandy, rocky, dry riverbed. I noticed only one very small pool in this stretch - there looked to be a bit more surface water at Badger Springs in the side canyon.

Not a bad day...by the end I was feeling fairly confidant with my new camera phone!
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Sep 16 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Petrified Forest Petroglyphs, AZ 
Petrified Forest Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking17.25 Miles 2,201 AEG
Hiking17.25 Miles   14 Hrs      1.23 mph
2,201 ft AEG
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I had to use up some vacation days so I decided to camp out at the Holbrook EconoLodge and do some day hikes in the Petrified Forest. I've been to many nice places up there and planned to visit some new ones.

The first day a ranger saw me returning to my car and told me I wasn't allowed to be off the pavement (indeed the sign says that). I explained that back country hiking is allowed and you have to park somewhere. He mentioned calling "law enforcement" but eventually came around and told me I need to talk to the Park Resource Officer. (I got the distinct impression several times that the Park people you see are volunteers and rangers who deal exclusively with casual tourists and don't know much about Park details relevant to hikers.) Anyway, next morning I did talk to the Park Science/Resource Officer who told me I was right. The caveats are 1) that you are not allowed to hike out of the Park and then back in (relevant because some places of interest are on adjacent private land), and 2) some areas are marked "permit only", this because they are on checkerboard land involving State Trust land. Since I have a state permit I was AOK.

Day 1
I walked to an excavated (then reburied) ruin site that has an impressive large round dance circle Not much to see but a little pottery. Then I did a real nice mesa top and bottom walk to some excellent petroglyphs. About 6mi all together.

Day 2
I really wanted to get to a particular more remote petroglyph site. I had a good guess where it was based on some internet research that led me to a Chinese post whose author loves petroglyphs, saying in Google Chinese: "Just be careful not to damage it. Whoever messes and destroys things here, I will curse you for being a dwarf, ugly, poor and smelly fat house in your next life!". I was careful.

This was about 8.5mi round trip through varied country to a really great assemblage of petroglyphs. These first two days were fantastic.

Day3
I planned to walk from Rainbow Forest a mile north to a mesa edge where some topo maps say "Petroglyphs". I discovered along the way though that my camera was not going to work. (Intermittent problem had become permanent.) So it was just as well I saw hardly any glyphs. I then drove south down the Little Colorado to a site that I learned about from a HAZ buddy the day before. That was a good one - but no pics so I'll be back another time.
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Gypsum
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Sep 05 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
PFNP East of Crystal Forest, AZ 
PFNP East of Crystal Forest, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking6.49 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.65 mph
560 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
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It's a long drive and during the week the forecast kept getting hotter (98deg in Holbrook). But in the end I decided to go anyway.

I think every Petrified Forest trip I've logged I say just how nice the place is and how much I like walking around up there and today it was re-confirmed. I was hoping to find a petroglyph site but the direction were none to precise ("it's near a tree"). Luckily there aren't many trees out there and I found it on the 5th try. It's a small site and I was initially bothered that I couldn't find the "star" glyph (the one on the book cover). But eventually I figured it out (see the pictures).

I continued along, on the mesa top and bottom just enjoying the flat open walking, the petrified wood, the eroded formations, the random pottery pieces, the occasional petroglyph, and a man-made rock structure. Of course the petrified wood steals the show: the beautiful specimens (color, patterns, length, mass, etc) are hard to describe and need to be seen.

I'll keep doing that long drive, the heat was bearable and it was another fun day.
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Aug 22 2020
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
N AZ Ruins 082220, AZ 
N AZ Ruins 082220, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.74 Miles 674 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   1.19 mph
674 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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I hadn't really realized how much ancient stuff there is in the cinder fields east of Flagstaff. No surprise that the area around Wupatki (even outside the National Monument) had a lot of ancient inhabitants but today, 20mi south, I think I set a personal record for "ruins/hour".

The area along San Francisco Wash is not as pristine as the Wupatki cinder fields - there are many primitive roads and some private property and many of the sites you can drive to. But I combined the "drive-tos" with a nice walk in the woods to make a decent day out of it.

Having issues with my camera. Lens error cause by "sensed resistance" when it tries to turn on and extend out. This means dirt/grit or mechanical damage - either could happen when the camera is dropped with the lens extended - I dropped mine into grit a month ago. So my pics each needed one or two extra camera starts with battery removal to clear errors. Apparently a factory refurb (at about half the camera price) is the only official fix. PM me if you have another idea...
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Aug 08 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
N.AZ ruins 080820, AZ 
N.AZ ruins 080820, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.66 Miles 889 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   0.94 mph
889 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Cobbled together a plan to get out of town. It was as much a scenic drive as a hiking trip but both parts worked out fine.

Drove north to Winona,just east of Flagstaff, and from the I-40 frontage road followed two Subaru spurs south to ruins. The first one was like many others I've been to in the general area: a few rooms in a line (5 or 6 for this one), with some extra stone work at one end. Surrounded by pottery. The next one, a few miles away, was smaller and located on a low hilltop.

From here I planned to drive south on a dirt road from Twin Arrows, over Anderson Mesa to Mormon Lake then Stoneman Lake then back to Phoenix (this is the scenic drive part). I tried to shortcut my way over to Twin Arrows (I was only two miles or so away) but you couldn't get there from here and I had to backtrack and take the Interstate.

Next stop was to get to a fort overlooking Padre Canyon and was the only walk long enough to bring a backpack. This turned out to be a cool spot with multiple defensive walls, a room block right at the very top, and a lot of other wall structures built on the good size peninsula.

Continuing my drive south I parked at the bottom of Anderson Mesa and visited a couple other ruins in the woods there. Back home past Mormon and Stoneman Lakes...nice pandemic break.
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Jul 25 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Rattlesnake Crater and thereabouts, AZ 
Rattlesnake Crater and thereabouts, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking6.58 Miles 1,093 AEG
Hiking6.58 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.46 mph
1,093 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Finally figured out another reason to get out of the Valley. Rattlesnake Crater apparently has a nice Sinagua ruin called ZPiper's Ruin by Zarcheaologists and it's near another famous one called ZRidge ruin. (Note my clever ZGoogle defense.)

Easy to get to ranch land and a pleasant walk with pottery pieces all the way and past some petroglyphs took me to the top of the crater and a great view all around. The ruin near the top was much better than expected: extensive with big dry walls, in good condition. Made a loop for the return and passed a couple more small sites. While juggling pottery pieces I dropped my camera, open lens first, into the cinders/grit. This caused lens retraction and power on/off problems and when I fought through those I had intermittent over and under exposure errors (don't know why). I salvaged some picture and today after some vacuum cleaning it may be OK.

I drove a couple miles over to walk to the second ruin which is famous as the location where "The Magician" burial was discovered ~80 years ago. Not much to see but the big debris pile and plaza indicates this was a substantial place 900 years ago.

Got rained on coming home.
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Western Tanager
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Jun 28 2020
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa Arrastre, AZ 
Black Mesa Arrastre, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking3.67 Miles 341 AEG
Hiking3.67 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   1.18 mph
341 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Anxious to go somewhere I thought post-fire Black Mesa (across from the Sunset Rest Stop on 1-17) would be worth a look. I had planned to check out a new area on the south end but the fire didn't get that far so I retreated to the Arrastre Creek latitude - an area I've been to before.

It was pretty good walking and the fire cleared the grass well enough that ruin outlines and grinding features were easier to find. I think I saw a few more things than on previous "brushier" visits.

The fire took out most everything on the grassy mesa. A few areas of prickly pear will probably make it and I saw a couple furry creatures scampering around and some green grass coming up.
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Jun 06 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
North of Wupatki, AZ 
North of Wupatki, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking10.18 Miles 1,405 AEG
Hiking10.18 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.75 mph
1,405 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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To get north of Wupatki NM you have to drive through about 10mi of ranch land and I wasn't sure about access. A little research told me it's part of the Babbitt Ranch Megaverse and my email to them was answered in about an hour. Classy!

The road was actually in very good shape and the walk started in nice open country, sloping down toward the Little Colorado (about 700' lower). Plenty of cow sign for the first mile or so but only (copious) horse sign after that. But I didn't see a mammal all day bigger than a jack rabbit. I had drawn a loop which would take me to 4 ruins marked on old topo maps and visible in the satellite view.

The first ruin consisted of two stone circles. There was clear evidence that someone in more recent times had messed with them, bringing in some darker slabs and partially integrating them into the circle. If I hadn't found some pottery in the vicinity I'd have wondered if they had any ancient connection. Compared to what I'd become used to further south there was much less pottery around the ruins today.

The second one was the real McCoy. Nice stacked flat stone on an edge overlooking the river. Originally 5 or 6 rooms, two still standing pretty high.

As I went to the next one I walked the edge of the NM boundary, just below some very nice ruins the public can only visit with a Ranger. The third ruin was impressive with an elaborate design and 5 or 6 rooms, also on an edge. But it looked to me like at least some of the walls had been restacked and I found no pottery around it.

The fourth ruin was down at the river, near a long fence which I'd guess marks the Navajo Reservation border. It was authentic, but just two walls standing. An old road passes near it but I didn't see any signs that the road gets much use.

Looped back, windy day!
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May 23 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
near Roden Crater, AZ 
near Roden Crater, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 23 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.80 Miles 702 AEG
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I wanted to drive to a remote location to start my walk but was defeated by No Trespassing signs. I know Roden Crater is private but thought the road to the west would be OK, but nyet. If any of you smart Hazzers know how to identify things like this in advance, let me know.

Anyway I retreated a bit and just "winged" a little loop to look around this rich area. Worked out OK, though I overlapped a previous trip I'd taken out there. Compared to most of the pristine cinders in the Wupatki area, today it was mainly ranch land with plenty of cow leavings (dried muffins and skeletons) so not quite as nice. Still nice.
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May 21 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
LOST - Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hansenaz
Hiking4.55 Miles 720 AEG
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My daughter asked me for a hike to do with her baby and I was racking my brain til I saw the post from @thirstylizard a few days ago recommending "a nice solid Arizona experience" by combining this easy canyon walk and a follow up at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in the afternoon. It sounded right and right it was.

Inspired by thirstylizard's nice pictures I dusted off my superzoom camera with the thought I might take some wildlife shots. Well, at least I found the camera still works even though I'm not much of a photographer (and left it in the car for BTA). Still a good day and pleasant temperatures in Superior on this 92deg Phoenix day.
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May 16 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Doney Wander, AZ 
Doney Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.77 Miles 710 AEG
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I wanted to devise another loop near Wupatki and settled on starting from the Doney Picnic Site. Though you're not allowed to wander around off-trail in Wupatki National Monument, the road that passes through the NM winds in and out and the Doney spur is actually in the Coconino NF.

Turned out to be a very enjoyable trip where I passed a couple rock arrangements with lots of pottery pieces in the vicinity, an impressive several room ruin with some free-standing walls, and another collapsed ruin on a low mesa top.

I had planned to detour up Doney Mountain on my return but I realized I'd left my hiking poles (helpful going up the loose cinders) behind somewhere. So I back-tracked and eventually found them. Checked out another spur road for a future trip before heading back.
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May 02 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
North of Strawberry Crater, AZ 
North of Strawberry Crater, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking5.88 Miles 765 AEG
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Another "get out of the house and go north" day. I drove to the Strawberry Crater trailhead and then north along the powerline road a little ways. I wanted to look at a section of the Strawberry lava flow just to see what it was like. Rocky compared to the surrounding cinder areas but no problem finding smooth channels between the rock piles. The flow must be much older than the nearby one at Sunset Crater...so I'll believe the Wikipedia entry saying 50-100,000 years over the one saying 2000 years.

My curiosity satisfied, and no cultural signs on top, I dropped back to the lower cinder plain and after a while started finding pottery pieces and a ruin. Continuing along I found another. Pretty much standard fare for the area but it's always fun to walk around and find stuff.

I had pondered walking up Strawberry Crater when I was done but after struggling up the loose cinders just to get back to my car I decided to leave that for another day.
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Apr 25 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
SE of Wupatki, AZ 
SE of Wupatki, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.13 Miles 413 AEG
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Heating up so I headed north. The website said Wupatki and Sunset Crater Parks were closed so I wasn't sure about access but I found the main road through was open. I parked along the roadside south of the Wupatki Park entrance and walked from there.

This is mainly flat cinder country and it's a little like walking on a sandy beach. The black background makes it easy to see old broken pottery pieces on the surface but the fine material drifts in the wind and can partially bury the ruins. I found that when the pottery was concentrated I could find ruin walls, and when ruin walls were more prominent I could find pottery. The pottery types and what I could see of the ruins "architecture" was similar to what I've seen in my several other trips to this area. Always fun walking around up there since there is plenty to see.
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Apr 11 2020
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sentinel Wash, AZ 
Sentinel Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking6.25 Miles 425 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   1.52 mph
425 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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The Sentinel exit off I-8 is the one just before Dateland - not much there. But it's also the name given to the large volcanic area located to the north which the Gila River flows through (or used to anyway). The river cut through the plain, providing water for ancient natives and left fine basalt cliffs they decorated. I've been out to most of the well known spots but today I thought I'd just walk along (and in) "a tributary" which meets up with the Gila just south of the "town" of Agua Caliente.

Always enjoy walking around out there...I never know what I might find. Today it was a few petroglyphs, a stone circle, a rattlesnake, and some weather balloon debris. Good enough.
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
South Picacho Loop, AZ 
South Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking9.08 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   1.89 mph
583 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to look around another section of flat desert between Phoenix and Tucson. There are some primitive roads crisscrossing this area but I wasn't sure about access so I decided to walk from near Picacho Dairy Queen.

No problem getting across the train tracks but the barbed wire fence on the far side was tricky. (State trust fences were annoying all day but this one was the worst). A moat as well, but soon I hit open desert. Archaeologists studied this area ~40 years ago when surveying the CAP project and noted a lot of Hohokam signs. I saw not very much but I think a lot of the desert had been scraped in recent years.

I found one area with a lot of plain pottery and a few smaller areas on the way back. When I reached the canal I found a raised hump with some exposed bedrock with large round grinding holes. But that was about it. DQ was open but I social distanced. Got out of the house anyway.
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