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Mar 21 2020
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Winters and Corral Ruins, AZ 
Winters and Corral Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking5.56 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.38 mph
1,205 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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HAZ's lead GE voyeur Eric (@ssk44) told me about an interesting looking ruin he spotted NE of Globe. It's near a neat butte-top ruin he and Hank and visited two years ago [ Corral Ruins ] they called Corral Ruins. Eric also told me there was another nearby butte they'd been curious about that we could probably include. All together it wouldn't be too much walking so my wife Catherine and I figured maybe we could see all three.

The ruin above Winters Ranch was a short walk off the dirt road. The satellite view shows it to be big (I'd guess 50+ rooms) and indeed it is. Not that much to see though - collapsed of course but there wasn't much to find. I didn't see more than 5 or 6 pottery pieces, maybe archaeologists did a complete surface collection. From this nice open hilltop though the nearby buttes we wanted to visit next were easy to see. Either these guys were neighbors or the hill and butte sites represented a shift from secure to insecure living conditions for a single group.

We did the short drive around to the Corral Ruin starting point and used the Eric/Hank gps route. (BTW it wouldn't be hard to walk directly between these sites, but car logistics would be harder.) Nice (mainly) ridge walk in open country with a scramble at the end to gain the top. Lots of collapsed rooms on top indicating habitation. Again not too much pottery - didn't see anything very interesting (though Eric and Hank found a couple pieces based on their pictures).

We then continued on to the "mystery butte" (4805). Catherine stayed in the lead and found a steep break on the left side that led to the top. She spotted a fox on top, then saw it again (after it had gone over the side) or saw a second. I can only attest to seeing (separately) two bushy tails bouncing through the underbrush. Unfortunately no cultural treasures on top - just a minor rock arrangement that was not natural. Anyway a mystery no more.
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Winters Ranch
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Mar 14 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom Mix desert stroll, AZ 
Tom Mix desert stroll, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking7.57 Miles 449 AEG
Hiking7.57 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.68 mph
449 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Walked in a new area for me: on some State Trust desert west of Rte 79, a little north of the Tom Mix memorial. This is flat barren desert, some of it pretty, and even the grazing areas are healthy looking (cows, and one javelina, ran away from me all day).

I knew archaeologists had studied Hohokam habitation in the general area but I didn't know where exactly and nothing really shows up on the satellite view. (The Hohokam dwellings didn't last, unlike the stone ruins of later cultures further north.) So I just walked around to see what I could see.

I didn't see anything for the first couple miles. Then I started finding pottery and plenty of it. I was hoping I'd see some of the nice painted stuff, but almost everything I found was unpainted, or the markings were hidden by the mud and dust.

Anyway it was interesting enough - I'll likely return.
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Feb 29 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Gila Loop, AZ 
Gila Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking8.70 Miles 914 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.81 mph
914 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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I spotted a few more rock alignments I wanted to check out and combined it into a longer walk past some nice petroglyphs and geoglyphs I'd seen before. Beautiful day walking on the low mesa and hills near the Gila River.
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Feb 08 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Gila Wander, AZ 
Gila Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking4.22 Miles 378 AEG
Hiking4.22 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.21 mph
378 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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I got skunked on the lower Gila last week so I headed back to an area with better "fishing".

I walked new ground and came across all sorts of nice things: big rock circles, long rock alignments, and other ancient signs. I also stopped by a nice petroglyph site I'd been to before.

I recently got my hands on some publications on Earth Figures/Geoglyphs of the Colorado/Gila River areas mainly CA, some AZ). In the 1970's an enterprising academic and his student with an antique plane starting photographing and analyzing these unusual structures. Only a few of their listings (and a related list by an AZ BLM archaeologist) extend as far east as the Gila area I've been walking but their analysis probably applies. From what I gleaned so far the big circles are thought to be "dance circles". I'm not sure about the long lines but maybe they were used for foot races like the racetracks of central AZ.

Whatever, it's fun to look around and find them.
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Feb 01 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Gila River East of Oatman, AZ 
Gila River East of Oatman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking6.39 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking6.39 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.67 mph
498 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Walked a section of the lower Gila River I hadn't been to before, heading east from the Oatman/Fourr cemetery area. I didn't find much at all! But it was a nice day and crossed a section off my list.
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Agua Caliente Mountains
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Jan 25 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Marana Desert Loops, AZ 
Marana Desert Loops, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking7.70 Miles
Hiking7.70 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
 
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Headed out into the flats east of Marana where the Hohokam used to live. We hoped to match up things we saw on the ground with some low-res archaeological maps but weren't too successful. A little hard to tell though because the Hohokam didn't build stone structures so not much visible remains. Plenty of pottery was scattered around and we kept busy looking for good examples.
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Jan 19 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Hidden Valley via San GabrielPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking5.03 Miles 1,393 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   1.75 mph
1,393 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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My son-in-law's college friend was visiting and he requested an AZ hike for entertainment. In the last few weeks we'd hit the Mormon-Hidden Valley loop twice so I wanted a change.

Hadn't noticed this one before but it was just right...didn't even know this trail up from Ahwatukee (not so far from my house) even existed! But it's a good one. Plenty of folks in Hidden Valley didn't detract from everyone enjoying being outside on a nice day.
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Jan 18 2020
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
New River Mesa - North, AZ 
New River Mesa - North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
Hansenaz
Hiking5.32 Miles 1,448 AEG
Hiking5.32 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   1.04 mph
1,448 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Ken asked if I wanted to come along to visit a ruin on the north side of New River Mesa. At first I was doubtful....I thought I knew and had been to most interesting spots on NRM but after learning more I realized I had just put this area out-of-mind because it's hard to get to. Both Petrophile and Oregon_Hiker have logged trips to a nice ruin up there and Ken went up and "droned it" a couple weeks ago.

He thought there might be another one on the northern NRM finger east of the one with the known ruin. Oregon_Hiker also has visited that area though not to the mesa top where the current suspect was located. I pre-loaded Larry's GPS route and waypoints along with a planned route and Ken drove us in on FR41 from the east. Pretty nasty road (definitely not Subaruable) but apparently it's worse from the west. When we got to the start I found there was no route in my Etrex20...grrr..this has happened a couple times before but I plan some forensics this time.

So we just explored. Turns out we found one of the small ruins and glyph sites that Larry found and missed one of each. We also found a different glyph site. There was no sign of the anticipated ruin on top - oh well, that happens. We explored a small part of the huge mesa top then did a steep descent to the shelf to the west where Larry had inspected a portion of "mystery wall" (finally assigned by him to ranchers/shepherds 100+ years ago).

It's a nice area along the New River between NRM and NR Mountains so I'm glad I went, but that's a long bouncy ride.
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Dec 14 2019
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Gila Loop5, AZ 
Lower Gila Loop5, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking7.74 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking7.74 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   1.54 mph
570 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Noticed a section of the Lower Gila River I hadn't been to that would be interesting to see

Access was pretty easy just past the "no trespassing" agricultural fields - some crashing through the bushes in the dry river gave good access to the "basalt plain" on the low mesa top.

Though the upper cliff band heading further downstream is covered with petroglyphs I saw almost none in this section. Maybe it's due to extensive collapse of the nice basalt edge in this section, but there were plenty of interesting rock alignments on top to find.

Nice walking and fun to look around trying to guess what's really ancient and what the people who made these simple geoglyphs were thinking.
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Dec 07 2019
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Ruin Walk, AZ 
Ruin Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking3.79 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking3.79 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.35 mph
763 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Ken GE-spotted a ruin we'd been looking for north of Holmes Canyon in the middle of nowhere. I contemplated a walk from the east but Ken volunteered to take his Grand Cherokee up FR602 which would get us closer, so away we went.

Though we parked less than 50mi from where we started at Ken's place it took us 4hrs to get there. This was in part due to two delays 20-25mi up Seven Springs Road as 1) we helped some young campers whose 2WD Tacoma was stuck, and 2) a clueless fellow in a minivan ran out of gas in the middle of the road with about 6 other vehicles stuck behind him. (He wasn't worried because he had a spare gallon and was "following Google Maps". An ATV guy gave him two more gallons and I convinced him to turn around.)

But the jeep road we turned on to (FR602) was real slow and eventually we hit an impassable washout. We walked the road another mile or so before dropping down to the ruin site. Lots of catclaw to dodge along the way.

The ruin was a disappointment in that it was totally collapsed and overgrown and we didn't find many interesting things there (just a little pottery). We had plans to visit another nearby ruin that we'd separately been to before but the thought of driving that jeep road in the dark made us punt on that idea.

We stopped at Renner Spring (in Holmes Canyon) on the way out and saw some interesting stuff - mainly modern but some looked ancient. Somebody used to live or work up there but I couldn't find any history via Google.
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Nov 23 2019
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Mormon Trail and Hidden Valley, AZ 
Mormon Trail and Hidden Valley, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking4.51 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking4.51 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.77 mph
1,075 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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My son-in-law asked me to take him and his two college buddies visiting from San Francisco on a morning hike. These three guys are not frequent hikers (in Ghana willfully venturing into the wilderness is thought to be silly I'm told).

Anyway we went up the Mormon Trail, ventured a little afield to some petroglyphs, then through Hidden Valley. A lot of people out this morning and everyone was having a good time.
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Nov 23 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cathy's Ruin, AZ 
Cathy's Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking2.25 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   1.02 mph
755 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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It was nice of Greg to invite me along to visit a ruin his eagle-eyed better half had spotted on Google earth. Since I and a few of my friends pride ourselves on scouring the local hills for worthwhile destinations I was really surprised that this cool-looking spot had evaded our detection.

Cathy was working so I became the other slofolk bushwacking up the hill with Greg. The ruin exceeded expectation with some intact walls and at least 10 rooms. Lots of plain pottery.

We went down a better, gentler ridge than the one I had lobbied to go up and passed another small ruin along the way. Thanks slofolks, the dos of you.
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Nov 16 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gila Oatman Loop, AZ 
Gila Oatman Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.34 Miles 665 AEG
Hiking6.34 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   1.47 mph
665 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I wanted to visit this section of the lower Gila River to look for petroglyphs and other ancient signs. I started a couple miles south of the Oatman Massacre site so I could walk a loop and just look around.

It went about as expected with good walking, ancient paths, and petroglyphs. I planned to walk past the Oatman Grave site but got on the wrong side of the thicket and skipped it in the end. I'm going to have to dig a little deeper to find new places to go on the Gila.
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Nov 09 2019
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Hogan Cabin Wander, AZ 
Hogan Cabin Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking8.87 Miles 2,708 AEG
Hiking8.87 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   1.29 mph
2,708 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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I've always wanted to explore the area between Perry Mesa and the Verde River - it's big, but a lot of it is not very accessible.

It occurred to me I could try to drive in on FR257, past Rosalie, heading toward Brooklyn Peak. I'm usually reticent about taking my Subaru on remote jeep roads but I thought I'd see how far I could get. I got nervous as I hit the switchbacks wondering if I'd reach an impasse before I found a turn around. And so after a tricky spot I did a turnaround and figured "good enough".

I walked the road to the top and down toward Brooklyn Peak and past a couple stock tanks (one dry, one full). I probably could have driven to the top but the road was blocked/closed a bit further along. Ground truthing the various maps just leads to the conclusion that you shouldn't believe them: some of the roads are not only closed, they're gone. This includes a road (or maybe it's a trail) that showed up on my GPS' map heading down to Hogan Cabin. That was definitely a bushwack.

I found the cabin. It's reasonably intact but I doubt you'd want to shelter in it. I noticed an old wire bed frame had been taken out in the "yard".

I climbed back out of the creek to meet up with a ridge system I had picked to get to some points of interest that might have been used by the ancients. The walking was good but other than some cairns on low summits I didn't see any other human signs.

When I got to the 2nd to the last summit I thought I'd then have a straight forward return over Pt 5060 but the trip got unpleasant. Nasty bushwack down and too much vertical for me at the end of the day - tired and slow. I was very happy to get back to the car but things got worse. I was parked about 20' from a narrow wash-out that I had carefully passed in the morning. I could see the road had changed since then. (I wouldn't have thought anyone would have passed by, but I'm guessing some ATVs did (maybe the guys in pic 15).) There were some ineffectual sticks and rocks added to the washout side and a perpendicular rut on the high side looked bigger. Anyway I went forward, keeping away from the washout and "boom", fell into the rut and I was stuck. Front wheel so deep my lower fender had popped over the upper fender, rear wheel off the ground. Very bad - middle of nowhere, by myself, getting dark. I jammed a few small rocks under the rear tire...tried reverse, nothing...tried forward, popped out! I was shocked...not lucky, just rewarded for clean living. :)
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Hogan Tank Number Two
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Nov 02 2019
Hansenaz
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67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
New Water Mountain Petroglyphs, AZ 
New Water Mountain Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking4.41 Miles 872 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   1.04 mph
872 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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A couple of my petroglyph buds invited me along to look for some rumored rock art in the New Water Mountains. I hadn't been there before and doubt it gets many visitors.

We spread out, checking the many basalt boulders and eventually found some petroglyphs. I think we were all surprised by how many there were and several times when we thought "we'd found them all", a little more snooping opened up new areas. Really turned out good....mainly archaic petroglyphs with some indication later people lived there too. The adjacent wash - very dry nowadays - must've been flowing-a-plenty 2000 years ago. Hard to imagine this place was habitable.
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Oct 13 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Perry Mesa Loop, AZ 
Perry Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking5.04 Miles 584 AEG
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I thought it'd be worth a visit to the Pueblo Pato area (Perry Tank Canyon Ruin) to 1) visit some smaller satellite ruins that were clearly visible by satellite after the 2017 fire, and 2) walk some mesa edge I hadn't been to before.

The dirt roads in are in pretty good shape until the turn off west toward the New Windmill...that one is rougher than usual and the Grand Cherokee I passed was surprised a Subaru could do it.

I visited about 10 satellite ruins (one or two rooms) around the main ruin...easier to find with the GPS outlines I made after the fire revealed them. I continued north to another part of the mesa and to a smaller ruin I had been too before (approaching from Badger Springs).

On the way back I found the only "new stuff" of the day: an area with a bunch of agricultural rock piles and bedrock metates. Unexpected because they were on a featureless part of the mesa not really near anything. Nice to be out for an autumn stroll.
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Oct 09 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cathedral Rock Loop and Balloon, AZ 
Cathedral Rock Loop and Balloon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.17 Miles 1,088 AEG
Hiking6.17 Miles   3 Hrs      2.08 mph
1,088 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Our kids got my wife a hot air balloon ride for her birthday and she brought me along. Since it was scheduled to be over by 10AM I figured we could add a Sedona hike and I asked Bruce the Eagle to make a recommendation including his recent "new way" to Cathedral Rock and he sent me a nice track.

The balloon ride was a lot of fun and I include some pictures. The hike was also a lot of fun. Fairly generic from the Yavapai Point Trailhead on to the Hiline Trail. The new connector leaves the Hiline with Cathedral Rock right in front of you. I'm not sure it's official status - somebody had partially blocked it off with branches but it's clearly a good trail that heads right over to Cathedral.

Met up with the popular Cathedral Rock Trail just below the saddle/overlook. Took a quick trip up to join the other tourists looking over the other side then took the steep route back down (first time for me - would be more fun without the crowd). Then the Easy Breezy contoured us back to the car. Nice loop.
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Sep 14 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Arrowhead Sink Loop, AZ 
Arrowhead Sink Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.50 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   1.28 mph
948 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Thought of another reason to return to "south of Wupatki" and it worked out pretty well. By now I recognize what the ruins around there look like in the satellite view (not 100% but pretty good) and I even spotted one as a "drive by" on the way in, so I had done some useful looking around even before I got to my parking spot near Arrowhead Sink.

At the entrance to the Sink there are a bunch of petroglyphs - first I've seen "on the cinders". The Sink itself it pretty impressive but I didn't see a good reason to walk to the bottom. I headed south toward some waypoints I marked but found plenty of randoms along the way. I passed about 10 separate habitation sites all surrounded by broken pottery. The larger ones all had similar designs with several rooms in a line and some nearby circles or a plaza perimeters. As with the nearby ruins I've seen on other recent visits, often there is some low dug-out area nearby...I haven't been able to figure out why that would be.

I had a ruin marked in Red House Basin and was both impressed and puzzled as I approached it. It looked like it could have been built in "modern times" but there was pottery all around. My confusion was allayed by a sheet I found inside the "house" explaining it is a rare "free standing" (i.e. not collapsed) ancient ruin but had been stabilized (and modified a bit) by modern sheepherders. The info sheet mentioned kivas. Ah ha! Those low areas at the ruin sites probably were dug out and covered as ancient kivas. Mystery solved. That nice free standing red rock structure in Red House Basin is like a lot of other ones within the Wupatki boundaries.

Continued back passing more ruins and pottery....really a rich ancient cultural area. Fun day.
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Aug 18 2019
Hansenaz
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South of Wupatki 5, AZ 
South of Wupatki 5, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking8.49 Miles 954 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   1.60 mph
954 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Locked gate stopped me about 1.5mi short of my planned starting point but no matter...I'm mainly just looking around in the pinyons and cinders for whatever I can see. I was a little SE of the other places I've been going recently and there was less ancient pottery on the ground, but still some. There were quite a few small forts, stacked stone circles on small hills with a view (particularly) to the eastern plain and the Little Colorado River - that kept it interesting.

I eventually met up with my planned route which connected spots that look noteworthy in the satellite view. Some of these were interesting but I did just as well stumbling on random finds. On the return I ran across several ruins/habitation sites. These are overgrown rock piles with pottery scattered around - less pottery though than the ruins a few miles NW. I also passed a couple interesting low hilltops that had been extensively "landscaped": large cleared area, many small circular forts, and long (but low) stacked walls.

Pretty good day: about 70deg at the start but about 100 deg at the end.
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Aug 03 2019
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South of Wupatki 4, AZ 
South of Wupatki 4, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.75 Miles 852 AEG
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Another trip to cinder country as I had more places I wanted to visit. I planned the first half on the low mesa overlooking Wupatki NM and the Painted Desert and then a small drop to the sandstone area near (but on the legal side of) the boundary and actually quite close to the Wupatki Visitor Center.

Like previous visits to this area I passed several significant ruins on the mesa and plenty of pottery. I was hoping that the sandstone area would also be similarly interesting and maybe even have some petroglyphs - but no dice. Scattered pottery pieces was all I saw down there.

As I was making my way back to the car I was surprised to hear voices calling me and a couple of WNM Rangers came out of the bushes. They had seen me from a distance walking (OK struggling) up the cinders to get back on the mesa top. Apparently they had driven up one of the cinder tracks that crisscross the area to find me. They knew where my car was and offered me a ride back to it. At first I declined but they were fairly insistent citing the approaching storm. I had just checked my GPS and I was 1.2mi away but I took the ride. I think their motivations were 1) checking the National Monument border looking for violators (they asked a lot of questions) 2) helping an old hiker who might get caught in the rain.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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