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Oct 13 2019
Hansenaz
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66 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 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
Hansenaz
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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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66 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 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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66 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
South of Wupatki 5, AZ 
South of Wupatki 5, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2019
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
Hansenaz
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66 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
South of Wupatki 4, AZ 
South of Wupatki 4, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.75 Miles 852 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   1.60 mph
852 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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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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Jul 06 2019
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
South of Wupatki3, AZ 
South of Wupatki3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking7.30 Miles 912 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   1.45 mph
912 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Returned to cinder country and this time I remembered to bring along my GPS with my planned route between (hopefully) interesting places.

I was surprised to see a lot of pottery littering the ground right away and this led to an unexpected ruin on the low mesa edge. That was a good start and the next stop was my first waypoint which was also really nice. A volcanic protrusion (well that's what I'm calling it) flanked on both sides by man-made stone circles, beaucoup pottery, and a small fort on top. Continuing along I passed more small forts and pottery concentrations before reaching the "big protusion" which also had pottery, stone circles, and a very nicely built fort on top.

After this, pottery led me to a depressed oval which has to be a ballcourt (actually I'm surprised if it really is because I didn't think they are that common and I passed a different close by one a couple weeks ago). Next came some expected ruins on the edge overlooking Deadman Wash. The first of these was pretty impressive with what looked like an enclosed plaza, though it only had a few rooms. The other ruins I had scouted along the edge turned out to be depressions rather than rockpiles. More ballcourts?...seems unlikely...maybe practice courts. 8-[

Coming off the mesa edge I had spied a couple interesting objects. One of these protrusions had an overgrown fort on top, several rooms on the side and plenty of pottery. From here I just cut straight back to the car: more forts and pottery along the way. Fun day...glad I came back.
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Jun 29 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
South of Wupatki, AZ 
South of Wupatki, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
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Hiking3.30 Miles
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Well I screwed up and forgot my GPS which held my carefully drawn ruin loop. I realized this as I approached Wupatki NM. There was a one hour interlude I spent on the phone with my wife attempting to bring up Route Scout. Given that I barely know how to turn the phone on and have never installed an app it came very close to being successful. But alas it was not, and doomed from the start with 14% battery.

Instead I just got somewhere near my planned start and did a random walk through cinder and pinyon country. Turned out not bad at all as there was enough scattered pottery pieces and small stacked stone "forts" to keep it interesting. I kept the walk short and then drove over to Grand Falls (hadn't been before) for some recon. Lot of miles on the Subaru but enjoyable day in the end.
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Jun 09 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
East of Lake Roosevelt, AZ 
East of Lake Roosevelt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking3.61 Miles 555 AEG
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I had a couple places I wanted to see on the slopes east of Lake Roosevelt. Didn't know what to expect from the roads but they turned out to be fine.

The first ruin is one labeled on the topo map. It sits on top of a low mound. Pretty big - I'm guessing 20 rooms. I didn't see any pottery at all there. Maybe archaeologists have picked up most of it and the grass/foxtail was hiding anything they missed.

I drove near a second site that I'd heard about. It's at a pretty impressive location overlooking a major creek but it was also overgrown and looked like it had been dug up a lot. Though I'd been told there was a lot of pottery there, I didn't see much - partially the overgrowth but also I didn't look too hard on this hot day.

Finished by completing the drive out the east side dirt road. The sign said 28 miles from Rt288 on the south to Rt188 on the north - probably doable in a passenger car.
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Jun 01 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ten Ruin Loop, AZ 
Ten Ruin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking8.55 Miles 548 AEG
Hiking8.55 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   1.77 mph
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Last fall I walked around on the cinder plain south of Wupatki and was surprised to find the walking was nice and there was plenty of stuff to see: mainly old native ruins and lots of interesting painted pottery pieces. With it getting hot again I planned another trip, drawing a loop that connected 10 ruins. Most of these are actually labeled on some topo maps and a couple others I spotted in the satellite pics as viewed in HAZ Route Editor. My wife Catherine decided to come along.

I knew the approach might be challenging and parts of 150 are "just" Subaruable though most of the driving in flat cinder country is no problem. We found pottery pieces almost as soon as we left the car and it got much more concentrated as we approached ruin #1. If I had to estimate the relative concentrations I'd say plain pottery (brown or gray or reddish) was about 10X more common than painted black on white, which was 10X more concentrated than corrugated, with smaller amounts of a few other types. We found interesting pottery all day and were getting a little bored by the end (as you will by my pictures).

Similarly the ruins impressed me by being substantial even if they were mainly small (a few rooms I'd guess). The fact that the rubble piles seemed tall means there was a lot of stone in the original structures. I'd have guessed multiple stories based on their height though it seems unlikely they could do that with the coarse volcanic boulders. Anyway they were similar - long and narrow and tall (rough guess 50'x15'x6'). You'll get bored by these pictures too.

One interesting thing: one of the map-marked ruins turned out to be a ballcourt. These are a big deal in archaeology studies of the culture. If I remember right the one at Wupatki is the most northerly known one and this one is just south of it.

The loop went about as expected. Good trip, lots to see.

Not anxious to return on road 150 we went down the power lines to the Strawberry Crater trailhead then west out to the main road. No picnic but probably a little better for a high clearance vehicle.
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May 26 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gila River - Oatman Mtn., AZ 
Gila River - Oatman Mtn., AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking4.24 Miles 1,038 AEG
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Had to take advantage of another miraculously cool day to visit the lower Gila River. I knew of a petroglyph site at the foot of Oatman Mountain on the north side of the river bed and thought I'd also check out another nearby likely looking spot. They are only about a mile apart so I took the scenic route between them: part way up one of the ridges of Oatman Mountain and down another.

Plenty of petroglyphs at the known site though they are not as impressive as those at many other places along the river. I walked up the ridge behind this hill wondering if I'd find anything interesting as I moved away from the river. The answer was: not much. One faint glyph and some rock clearings was about it but the walking was not bad (no foxtails!) and the view was nice. The cool wind blew so hard I gave up trying to keep my hat on and stowed it in my pack.

When the ridge got far enough up the hill I contoured over to the ridge next door and took that down to another riverside hill that I guessed might have some decorations. And yes it did.

Enjoyable walk on the low desert in late May.
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May 18 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wild Burro Mesa Loop, AZ 
Wild Burro Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 18 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking8.38 Miles 1,973 AEG
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Last minute decision to stay close to home and visit Wild Burro Mesa which has always intrigued me [ photo ] . I rediscovered an old triplog by Flying Fliver which explored the mesa top and even provided some petroglyph enticement [ photo ] - so I sketched out a tentative route to go have a look.

I started up a jeep road and managed to avoid the flying bullets (main recreational pursuit there is target shooting). When the road ended it turned into a slow bushwack to gain the ridge that would take me to the mesa. Much nicer walking on the ridge particularly once I started noticing some burro paths - they know the best way. When I got to the main mesa top I passed a jeep road - apparently used by the rancher to work on the stock pond. Looked to have had recent maintenance but it was dry today - there was cattle sign on this corner of the mesa but I didn't see any up there.

I walked across to the Fliv petroglyphs - really nice overlook of the Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant and Indian Mesa on the other side. There was nice cultural stuff in this area.

I continued north walking the edge looking for more petroglyphs but I only found one more. It was a steep descent off the mesa edge to get back down and I walked a pretty terrible decommissioned jeep road back to the car. Rocky walking and too many gnats but nice weather, so not a bad day.
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Apr 20 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Brooklyn East Loop, AZ 
Brooklyn East Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking7.48 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   1.23 mph
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Drew a loop to see some country east of the Brooklyn mine/ruin area on Perry Mesa.

It's very green and colorful right now (globemallows dominate the hills, tall grass on the mesa) and the walking is nice, but it covers up the ancient stuff making it hard to find. Still I found a couple single room ruins (generally good places for flowers to thrive) and crossed some places off my list.

Nice breeze and the Perry Mesa usual (Phoenix minus 8deg) made it a good day to be out.
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Apr 14 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Gila Geoglyph, AZ 
Lower Gila Geoglyph, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking4.15 Miles 333 AEG
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Alston and I schemed to find a cool geoglyph along the Gila River and today we went out to see it. We brought along our wives and Tus the dog for supervision.

Nice day in a nice area with plenty to see. I saw many more cultural details than on a typical trip in this area thanks to my sharp-eyed companions.
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Apr 06 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gila River Wander, AZ 
Gila River Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking5.97 Miles 472 AEG
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While the temps are still tolerable I thought the lower Gila River would be a good place to look around. I planned a couple different loops in the Agua Caliente area though with no idea if I'd find anything interesting there.

First place was a no go: private property, but the second one worked out fine. My plan was to walk along the sandy flood plain next to the basalt edge (looking for petroglyphs and whatever) and return along the top on the "basalt plain". It was nice walking: the sand was hard and lots of space between the bushes. I looked for quite a while before finding the first petroglyph and they were mainly concentrated at one point on the eastern edge of the loop. Highlight of the day was a big interesting geoglyph on top, just above those glyphs.

The petroglyphs looked quite different from the spectacular ones at nearby Sears Point and Quail Point and not sure what the geoglyph was supposed to be, but it looked like part of a wheel with some spokes including unusually fine ones. Found enough and a nice day.
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Mar 24 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Casa Grande Ruins National MonumentPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hansenaz
Hiking0.49 Miles 16 AEG
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Had an opportunity to go with a small group on an archaeologist-led trip into the "out-of-bounds" area. We didn't walk far but it was nice to get good answers to questions. As expected there are interesting pottery pieces all around (a few pics attached). We went to compound "B" (not very far from the "Big House" and I was surprised to hear that they had decided to bury the adobe walls a few years back in order to preserve them.
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Mar 16 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.51 Miles 1,243 AEG
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With our visitors this week we've been doing short walks at various locations (Lookout Mountain, Organ Pipe, Gilbert Riparian) but were braver today. Quite a crowd at Spur Cross but it thinned considerably at the first creek crossing.

The crossings were quite a puzzle for the ones wanting to keep their feet dry. The climb up the hill to Sugarloaf took a toll on some and a stumble into a prickly pear resulted in lengthy trailside surgery.

Still 4 started and 4 finished....success!
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Mar 09 2019
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Sears Point Petroglyph SitesSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking3.76 Miles 588 AEG
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Took my wife's UK relatives out to Sears Point to see some petroglyphs. I figured we'd walk around some of the fringe areas before finishing with the main attractions...but they'd had enough of stumbling around the uneven terrain by then...still a nice day out. Virtual traffic jam out at the end of the wiggly dirt road...saw 3 trucks there during our stay.
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Feb 09 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Indian Wash Ridge Loop, AZ 
Indian Wash Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking8.70 Miles 2,417 AEG
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I thought it might be fun to go look around this area, not too far from the Verde, to see what was out there.

Well, it's pretty nice desert that probably doesn't get visited very often. I walked the ridge west of and above Indian Wash and I suspect it's a good alternative to walking the wash itself (see triplogs by Alston and muskeybanker) which is a jungle in a few places. The ridge has nice views but has plenty of ups and downs and small rocks to slow you down.

Of course I was looking for ancient cultural leavings. The Hohokam may have gotten this far north (only a few miles away from a major village near Rio Verde). Unfortunately I didn't find much, just a few areas with pottery, but one of them had the painted red pottery associated with Hohokam, so that was good.

I had planned to take the ridge "all the way" but near the end I decided to drop off a little early to the west. Not a great idea - steep and slow with a barrier at the end - but ended up at the big sandy wash (used by ATVers) which was easy walking for the return. Eventually I had to leave the wash and ramble cross-country to get back to the car.

Flowers everywhere as well as a green ground cover which I think is sprouting brittlebush softened the predominate cactus landscape and made it nice.
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Feb 02 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
S. Eagletails, AZ 
S. Eagletails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking3.66 Miles 1,201 AEG
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A first trip to the South Eagletails for me. I got some directions from Alston and found Chumley's post and GPS track on Double Eagle; both helped me find the road in and the "trailhead" (there aren't really any trails).

I had thought I'd just do a "get acquainted" loop, over one low ridge, around Double Eagle, and back to the start. But the terrain was steeper than I'm used to and it took me a long time to get to the top of that low ridge. Lots of vertical rock, ramps, drops, etc. - I was glad when I got to the nice area on top. The plan was finally scuttled when I saw the drop down the other side was not going to be any easier.

I ended up retreating back to the east...not the same way I came up though I eventually joined it near the bottom. Plenty of drama negotiating one drop off in particular.

I was impressed with the area: as Chumley said in his triplog, generally good access, high clearance only needed for that last mile or two. The desert here is attractive, quite green at the moment. When I return though I'll limit myself to walking the edges of the hills.
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Jan 22 2019
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Local Mountain, AZ 
Local Mountain, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking6.04 Miles 1,398 AEG
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I heard about this place from @Petrophile and @kenjacobsen and decided to go out and take a look. It's intriguing because it's a significant site, close to town, and hardly appears in the Googleverse. So I'll avoid naming the location.

I made a steep approach and was soon at the lower ruin. Really big (50+ rooms I'd guess) and it completely fills it's mesa top from edge to edge. Pretty overgrown though and not very photogenic. Continuing up the hill there is another major ruin at the top - not quite as many rooms but more impressive to look at.

I decided in advance to make a loop hike out of this by including a couple other high points and ridges but I didn't really expect to find anything else of interest. I was happy though to find remnants of habitation on one of the other bumps and a couple grinding features on the crest of a long ridge. The later ridge walking was nice particularly after some early cholla challenges.
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