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Apr 20 2019
Hansenaz
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68 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 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
1,750 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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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
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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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68 male
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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
Hiking5.97 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   1.56 mph
472 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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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
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
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
Hansenaz
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68 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.51 Miles 1,243 AEG
Hiking6.51 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   1.64 mph
1,243 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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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
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sears Point Petroglyph SitesSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking3.76 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking3.76 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.27 mph
588 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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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
Hansenaz
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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
Hiking8.70 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   1.23 mph
2,417 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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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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68 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
S. Eagletails, AZ 
S. Eagletails, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking3.66 Miles 1,201 AEG
Hiking3.66 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   1.02 mph
1,201 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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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
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Local Mountain, AZ 
Local Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.04 Miles 1,398 AEG
Hiking6.04 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   1.38 mph
1,398 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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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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Jan 19 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Brooklyn East Loop, AZ 
Brooklyn East Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.73 Miles 1,333 AEG
Hiking6.73 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   1.35 mph
1,333 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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There's always more ground to cover on Perry Mesa and I went to the Brooklyn area with a plan to check out some small "features" I could see in the satellite view and to walk some east side ridges I hadn't spent much time on before.

Bloody Basin road is in pretty bad shape - got rutted up in the recent rains - but it was passable with high clearance and I had minimal deep mud challenges.

Most of the satellite-spotted targets are near the main Brooklyn ruins and I did find the outlines of 8-10 of these one or two room ruins. I continued to the SE off the mesa edge, past a favorite petroglyph, and then on to some low ridges east of the mesa. The rock is granite and I found only one petroglyph over there but I ran across enough scattered small ruins to keep it interesting. It was actually pretty good walking, not too steep or rocky with some nice sandy washes.
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Jan 12 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gila River Again, AZ 
Gila River Again, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking2.83 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking2.83 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   0.84 mph
650 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Returned to a rich area along the lower Gila River. I drove the Subaru farther in than last time so this was less hike, more pure petroglyph hunt.

Much to see. Petroglyphs practically everywhere you look. Some unique stuff out there made it a good day.
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Jan 05 2019
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Perry Mesa South Larry Loop, AZ 
Perry Mesa South Larry Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking8.30 Miles 925 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   1.65 mph
925 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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The current satellite overlay shows a lot of detail on Perry Mesa probably because of last year's fire. I noticed an obvious ruin on the south edge of Larry Canyon which was interesting to me for a couple reasons: 1) I've never walked out to this fairly remote edge of the mesa, and 2) In several low res archaeological maps of Perry Mesa I've stumbled on through the years none show any sites (large or small) in that vicinity.

I drove farther south on the rough mesa road than I ever have before. I attribute my enhanced boldness to some tougher tires I recently put on my Subaru. Still there was a lot of featureless flat country to pass through and I was lucky enough to stumble across two small ruins in addition to the larger one I targeted. The small ones were easy to identify by the pottery pieces all around them.

The main ruin, situated on a point overlooking Larry Canyon. is unusual in that the low walls showed well-defined rooms...not just a big rockpile. There is a rectangular room about 30' away, the whole floorplan looked not so different from a large modern home with a garage.

Good day...this section of the mesa was less crowded than average 700yrs ago but not uninhabited.
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Dec 08 2018
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Gila River, AZ 
Lower Gila River, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking10.27 Miles 969 AEG
Hiking10.27 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   1.84 mph
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As it cools off trips to the low desert get more attractive so I headed out to the Gila River north of Sentinel to look for petroglyphs and geoglyphs and anything else interesting that I might find.

I may have been able to drive closer but I started walking a few miles short of the river just to see how far away the ancient stuff went. It's always nice walking on the flat baked ground but I didn't really see anything of interest until I got near the river.

The low mesa overlooking the (now dry and overgrown) river is where the action is. The mesa top is mainly dark basalt pebbles and larger basalt rocks. These pebbles have been compacted over time into distinct trails and the larger rocks have been arranged into patterns which must have had some meaning. It's reasonable to assume you're looking at very old stuff because there has been little modern disturbance: no cows and very few vehicle intrusions. The more recent followers of the Gila (e.g. the '49ers heading to California) apparently traveled below along the river...no wagon tracks on tops and plenty of inscriptions from that era below.

Anyway I did find plenty of rock arrangements and when I got to the edge there were many petroglyphs. I really just looked at a small fraction of the "likely" petroglyph area, but that section was very rich in large petroglyphs of sheep, deer and, thunderbirds. I decided I reached "glyph-saturation" and that I'd save the rest for another visit.
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Dec 01 2018
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bloody Basin ruin loop, AZ 
Bloody Basin ruin loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking5.07 Miles 1,350 AEG
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I'd heard there was a substantial ruin between Perry Mesa and the Verde River along the road to Sheep Bridge but I could never figure out where it was. I finally saw something in the satellite view that made me head out for a look.

Seven Springs Road is not in great shape and it got muddier as I got further in (and more committed). It's about 30mi of dirt road and as I approached my planned starting point I came across three horseback riders. It was a little awkward getting by them and I didn't see a good pullover spot so I continued another 0.5 mile or so to park and start up the hill. This turned out to be a lucky break because I soon found pottery and ran right into a big ruin - about 30 rooms or so. It had been extensively dug out and I didn't see much interesting except for beaucoup pottery - mainly plainware but several different types (to my eye).

I continued on to my original target and found more pottery there and evidence of a small ruin on a flat hilltop with a good view west. But clearly the "lucky find" is the main ruin, the one I wanted to see. I'd have missed it on my planned route.

To make a day of it I walked a ridge loop to see what else I might find. My feet didn't touch any ground that a million cows hadn't been on before. The walking wasn't bad: at about 3000' the grass was much thinner than on the higher hills. Saw a few rock arrangements that might have been man made but nothing to get excited about.

It was going to be 30 mi of dirt road to get back too, so I chose to take the route out Bloody Basin Rd. over Perry Mesa to I-17. I always like to do that 60mi stretch from Cave Creek to I-17 if there is a walk to justify it. A lot of pretty color visible in pockets along the way.
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Nov 17 2018
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
North of Humboldt Mtn, AZ 
North of Humboldt Mtn, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking5.61 Miles 1,639 AEG
Hiking5.61 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   1.05 mph
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I've done a number of walks east of Seven Springs on the west side of that long ridge separating Cave Creek from the Verde River. Not many people visit here except for target shooters and not many walk it except for the occasional hunter. Nonetheless it's close to home and I usually see some ancient signs during the course of a hike though it's pretty sparse.

I had a waypoint from @kenjacobsen that looked like a decent-sized ruin and I spotted something else not too far away and so I decided to make a loop out of it....the area is just north of Humboldt Mountain.

I drove a ways up a jeep road (subaruable) to my planned starting point - a couple hundred feet away from three guys setting up to do some shooting. (That's 3 or 4 trips in a row.) The ruin was not far and it is the biggest one I've seen in this area. I'd guess 10-20 rooms but so overgrown it was hard to see much. It's on a nice flat plane and I imagine there was some agriculture there. But I couldn't find many artifacts in the vicinity, not even much pottery, though the tall grass could have been hiding things.

I continued on to my second target which was a bust - just natural rock alignments.

Circled back over some highpoints with nice views to Lime Creek and the Verde to the east. Probably the worst walking conditions I've had for some time. Tall grass and hidden rocks is the norm up here but it was a lot worse today, particularly on the ridge I took back. I think I'll postpone more trips up here until the next fire clears it out.
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Nov 10 2018
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
South of Wupatki, AZ 
South of Wupatki, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking6.13 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking6.13 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   1.53 mph
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Alston's recent trip to Keyhole Sink reminded me I really like that area NE of Flagstaff from Wupatki to the Petrified Forest. The Little Colorado region had plenty of ancient habitation and the remnants sit out in the open for all to see.

Wupatki itself is just full of ruins and petroglyphs but your not allowed to walk around unattended. However the areas outside the park are legal and so I drew up a loop to see what I could find.

It's nice range land - pretty easy walking much of it on fine volcanic cinders, with a few livestock fences to negotiate. I started noticing scattered pottery pieces right away, and the sherds up there a lot more interesting than the plain stuff I find in my usual haunts.

When the pottery started to get concentrated that generally meant I was getting close to a ruin and I passed about five of them today. Three were marked on topo maps, one I had spotted in the satellite view, and one I just stumbled on. The ruins looked a lot like the ones I'm used to seeing on Perry Mesa: piles of volcanic rock, usually with well defined perimeters, and sometimes with clear walls and rooms if they'd been excavated. They didn't look at all like the many ruins a bit further north in the park which are made of flat red rock and are much better preserved. One exception was a small set of ruins just off the mesa top near Rodan Crater: these were apparently made of red rock and sat on a cinder slope. They must have been pretty striking looking.

So it was a really nice walk with plenty to see all along the way. About 40deg to start, 55 by the end.

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Nov 03 2018
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gila Bump 2, AZ 
Gila Bump 2, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking1.47 Miles 497 AEG
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Late change of plans had me scramble to decide some place to go as we were going out the door.

Headed to the Gila River west of Buckeye to a bump I had been to before. The area is full of petroglyphs and I thought if we walked some different angles than the last time we'd see some more petroglyphs. Indeed we did. Short day, nice weather.
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Oct 27 2018
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Lower Baby Canyon Loop, AZ 
Lower Baby Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,031 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.18 mph
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We started at the Silver Creek crossing of Bloody Basin Road near the AFNM outhouse. A bit of a thicket heading down the creek particularly with some water and mud. This is an area where Silver Creek, Bishop Creek and the Agua Fria all come together and I couldn't really tell where the various flows we encountered were coming from.

At the bottom of Baby Canyon we passed through an area of metates and glyphs I've been to before and expanded the search to find some new ones. Up the hill to the mesa edge and I was on new ground. Walking the edge for a mile or so we found various ancient signs including petroglyphs, grinding features, and pottery pieces. Worked out well.

Descended down into Baby Canyon and rock hopped, limb-ducked, and bush-bashed our way back to the car. Made a wider turn east - the Agua Fria was flowing enough that crossing with dry feet was a challenge.
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Oct 20 2018
Hansenaz
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Up-Canyon to petroglyphs, AZ 
Up-Canyon to petroglyphs, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
Hiking4.62 Miles 1,241 AEG
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A few months ago I took a circuitous route to a nice petroglyph site. Some friends visited it later and found some more nice petroglyphs not too far away down the canyon. I wondered if all the rock art in this canyon meant that it was a popular ancient route between the Seven Springs area and the Verde River and so I thought it would be worth walking up the shallow canyon from the bottom - maybe there'd be more things to see.

My wife Catherine came along and first task was negotiating safe passage with the couple groups doing target practice at the bottom. That done we headed up the creek with an eye on the rocks along the slopes. Didn't see any cultural signs until most of the way up when we hit one of the two glyph waypoints Petrophile had given me. There was some decent stuff there but it was guarded by large yellow wasps and one quickly stung me when I got too close. So most of my pictures were taken from a respectful distance.

We continued on to the second site (I visited it before a couple weeks ago) and one of the things I wanted to do was to cut away a big prickly pear that was covering a large panel. I was surprised to see somebody beat me to it! Don't know who it was but I'd bet there's a HAZ connection. Anyway we enjoyed the nice glyphs at that site. Also glad I didn't have to deal with that cactus...it did not cut easy.

Finally further on to the main site, I showed Catherine the impressive display.

We took the ridge back, I thought we'd have a decent chance of finding a small ruin or two. The grass is too high though - we found a few pottery concentrations but mainly were happy to not break a leg on the hidden rocks.

I saw a deer and a cardinal. Catherine says she saw a fox. "Are you sure it wasn't a squirrel?". "It was a fox."
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Sep 22 2018
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Baby Canyon Glyph Hunt, AZ 
Baby Canyon Glyph Hunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking5.13 Miles 1,226 AEG
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I've been to Baby Canyon (on Perry Mesa) a few times, but I read something recently which said there were a lot of petroglyphs there, and, well, I wouldn't have said that. So I thought I'd just go look a little harder.

Bloody Basin Road has gotten some TLC which is nice to see. I didn't drive it as far as usual, stopping north of the canyon with a short walk to the edge and then down and up. My plan was to focus on some creek drops as likely places; I found the first one was a reasonable way to climb to the south side but no glyphs or metates. I contoured over to one of the main ruins finding plenty of pottery and a couple grinding features along the way. I worked the periphery of the ruin a little harder than I had in the past and did find some more petroglyphs. Nothing great but the fish were biting.

I went to the other main ruin and also searched that area with a little energy and found a lot of new-for-me glyphs. Very strong emphasis on deer and bighorns. Crossed back across to the car (a little warm on that last climb) and now I would say there are a lot of petroglyphs at Baby Canyon.
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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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