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Dec 29 2009
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
East Rock Creek LoopSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2009
PrestonSands
Hiking6.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.77 mph
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When everything else in the area is snowed in, this one isn't. Yay! I left the snow flurries of Cortez and hit the Sand Canyon Trail. Went a bit further this time and saw two impressive cliff dwellings I hadn't seen before. Shady areas had mild snow. The ground was frozen, and so was the mud (which was very minimal). I returned on the East Rock Creek Loop, returning to the trailhead at dark. Another great hike in a beautiful area.
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Jun 15 2009
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
East Rock Creek LoopSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2009
PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 300 AEG
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Hiked this with my brother on a warm June afternoon.
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Apr 12 2009
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
East Rock Creek LoopSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 350 AEG
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This was a leisurely late afternoon hike on a wonderful piece of trail. Came out hoping to catch the cacti in bloom (a few weeks too early), and see the ruins again. Only one car at the trailhead, otherwise I had the area to myself. Nice weather, and not as muddy this time!
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Jan 02 2009
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
East Rock Creek LoopSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PrestonSands
Hiking6.30 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   4 Hrs      1.58 mph
850 ft AEG
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While spending the week in Cortez, I headed down McElmo Creek to the Canyons Of The Ancients NM for a year-opener hike. With topo map and HAZ description in hand, I headed out across the sandstone. The weather was perfect, and I ended up stripping down to shorts and a t-shirt. Much of the recent snow had melted, turning the trail into gooey red oatmeal mud. I explored several marked spur trails, finding one little ruin, before arriving at the cool Saddlehorn Pueblo. Hiked out to a viewpoint for lunch, where I had a view of Sand Canyon and Ute Mountain. Continuing over the snowy mesa on my counter clockwise hike, I passed the uranium mine and entered the broad and scenic East Rock Canyon, with its distant alcove sheltered ruins. The south end of the loop brought numerous alcoves with crumbling walls, and occasional glimpses of some odd couple who were hiking along the cliff above me. The final south facing alcove contained what I thought was the most impressive ruin. My moronic utterance upon seeing it was "Dude! That's just...dude!" I climbed as close to it as I could, taking multiple shots of its perfectly constructed wall, before continuing down the trail. Arriving back at the Sand Canyon Trail, I explored a spur trail that I had missed on the way in, which led to a large wall on the north side of Castle Rock. Returning to the trailhead, I set about removing large quantities of red mud from my lower extremities, and then headed back to Cortez for dinner at Thatza Pizza.
This was a great hike, and only a short drive from the in-law's house in Cortez. Thanks for the suggestion Rob!
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Jul 22 2007
PaleoRob
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 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
East Rock Creek LoopSouthwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PaleoRob
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.67 mph
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Satisfying hike up Sand Canyon, over the bajada, past an old uranium mine, and down into E. Rock Creek, and back to Castle Rock. Lot of Anasazi ruins everywhere! Part of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
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