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St Clair Mountain - 4 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 24 2020
Charger55
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 Guides 4
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41 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2020
Charger55
Hiking1.00 Miles 364 AEG
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
May 12 2020
Pickles
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 Routes 7
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53 female
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Phoenix
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2020
Pickles
Hiking3.20 Miles 563 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   1.85 mph
563 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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The Verde Hohokam built this village on top of St Clair Mountain around 1100 and 1300 A.D. It is also known as Brazaletes Pueblo, named by an excavator who found numerous bracelets on an arm bone during an excavation of the site back in the 1960s. Many of the bracelets found were made with shells from the Sea of Cortez.
Based on research, the pueblo contained 92 rooms scattered across the summit and surrounding slopes. The area was also a burial site.
The trek to reach the ruins isn't long but there are some steep sections. Many of the foundations are being consumed by nature's plant life but one can certainly still explore them. I suggest good shoes and either pants or high socks!
I found countless pieces of pottery but no glyphs. They're supposed to be there, I looked everywhere, to no avail! In spite of that it was still a cool spot to explore.
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Oct 22 2017
thirstylizard
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 Routes 2
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 Joined Apr 27 2015
 cave creek, az
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
thirstylizard
Hiking0.91 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking0.91 Miles      56 Mns   1.05 mph
282 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Bartlett Dam Road is a beautiful drive on its own... So a quick side trip down Horseshoe Dam Road to see this site was easy enough. With an hour of time and a mile of climb, some beautiful views of an ancient civilization can be done easily. Google research indicates this was a 92 room dwelling. Plenty of sherd to see and some nice views - especially when the sky returns out of this haze. Crested saguaro also worth a stop on the way in or out.
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Apr 29 2016
HikingBuddy
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72 male
 Joined Nov 10 2014
 Peoria, AZ
St. Clair Mountain Ruins, AZ 
St. Clair Mountain Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2016
HikingBuddy
Hiking1.00 Miles 870 AEG
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I'm hooked on hiking to ruins so I decided to take the long drive, short hike, to St. Clair Mountain near Horseshoe Dam. I wasn't disappointed. I'd been to Horseshoe Dam couple times but didn't know there's were ruins near by, it's a beautiful area and we got a touch of rain on our way up, followed by crisp, clear skies. The road to dam is a mix of paved and well graded dirt. My belief is that the Indians used this site to store food in pots cuz there were so many sherds and the structures were not elaborate nor was there any signs of leisure activities such as petroglyphs -- I believe they just needed a place to store/hide food from invaders.
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Jan 12 2014
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
John9L
Hiking1.01 Miles 364 AEG
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After checking out St Clair Peak, we drove over to see St Clair Mountain. I told Hippy and Devin to have low expectations. I didn't know what to expect...

We parked at a pull out and were surprised to find a trail leading up directly to the ruins. Along the way up there is an archeology sign asking us to respect the area. We continued on and finally caught a good glimpse of the ruins and were pleasantly surprised. There are a bunch of rock walls and it becomes obvious this was a large complex. We spent a good chunk of time exploring the area and scavenging. Pot Shards are everywhere! This ruin is impressive!

After we had our fill we returned to the vehicle and made our way back to the city. These ruins are fantastic and would be great to bring out of town guests to. It's an easy hike and the views are spectacular! The ruins were a treat and shards are scattered all over. Very cool!
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Jan 12 2014
Hippy
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking1.01 Miles 364 AEG
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Second ruins visit of the day. 9L, DB and I parked and headed up the easy little trail, we weren't expecting much but even if we were our minds would have been blown.

The Ruins Seldom Seen book mentioned pottery shards/shreds "littering" each room...I thought it was an exaggeration... really, littering is the best way to describe it. Before you're even up close to the first walls on your initial approach you'll find beautifully crafted shards at your feet!!

Its room after room after room up here! And the views from the top are lovely!

For such an easy drive and short hike this is way worth it all, its so lovely I'd be willing to pay to visit it.

We met an AZ Site Steward on the way down she was very nice and asked how how the brazeletes were doing today. :)
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Jan 12 2014
DBmooner
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35 male
 Joined Jan 03 2011
 chandler, Az
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DBmooner
Hiking1.00 Miles 364 AEG
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Aug 23 2012
ASUAviator
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31 male
 Joined Nov 06 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Went out the other night to do some herping at the base of st clair. After viewing all of Gummo's successful trips I had to build some of my own. Thanks for all the tips Gummo. Got there after sun down and right when I started looking around I found a scorpion. There sure is alot of stuff moving around on a partially moonlit night. Mostly bull frogs. the highlight was a baby rattler. It was short lived as he made his way back into the shrubs.

Also threw in 2 pics from reach 11 that werent worthy of their own album
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Mar 23 2007
cabel
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 Guides 4
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56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cabel
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Mar 15 2007
cabel
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 Guides 4
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56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cabel
Hiking2.00 Miles
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All who wander are not lost...just me.
Mar 28 2001
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
St Clair MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking1.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
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On my way back from Horseshoe Dam did a quick trip up SCM and checked out the walls.
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