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Square Tower Group Loop - 3 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 23 2019
Stoic
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 Routes 268
 Photos 5,787
 Triplogs 484

44 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2019
Stoic
Hiking1.80 Miles 151 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles      56 Mns   2.35 mph
151 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Nice little ruin hike. The pup and I have done all the trails in the Park but this one. It was to hot for her last time I was in the area.
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Oct 15 2017
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
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 Triplogs 700

64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hovenweep HikesSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Days 12 and 13 of a 14-day run through SE Utah. Left Moab early Sunday. Try getting breakfast in Moab on a Sunday morning without standing in line. I blew it off and went to the grocery store for provisions and grabbed something there.

Drove through Blanding and turned towards the old Hatch Trading Post. It is closed now, fenced and grown up, sign says its for sale for a bit above a million. History doesn't come cheap.

Stopped off at the Cajon Group first. The seep that gave life then still seeps from the head of the canyon. No one around, silent, big views, impressive structures.

Stopped at the Visitor Center, asked about the campground hoping he'd say full and I'd have an excuse to boondock. Plenty of room. Chose site 26 for the angle between the bright sun and the little slatted shelter. Sleeping Ute Mountain was the backdrop east. Set up camp and relaxed a bit. Would be cold tonight so I grilled dinner early and tried to read until even a quilt over me couldn't make it uncomfortable. Could hear the heaters in all the RVs cycling on and off all night.

Water I'd left out was frozen in the morning. Solid. Guessing 29 as a low. Slept good though. Made two thermoses of coffee, and a quick breakfast. Hiked the Square Tower Group Loop from camp. This was a busy place in the day. Lots of fairly well preserved ruins. These guys were masons extraordinaire. Great houses, high towers, kivas, creative entrances, everyone was busy surpassing the Jones and one upping the Smiths here. Bet I can build a house on that rock over there. No you can't. Watch me.

Took Bullit for a drive to the groups north. Mostly alone out here, few souls care enough to take bumpy roads to old places, no tour buses. Horsehoe was a unique design and like the other groups there are many rock mounds of houses fallen down. Hackberry was a delight. The tree for which the unit is named still dominates the spring at canyon's head. This was a thriving little village, you can feel it. Sherds were thick, found a few painted ones as I knelt in the detritus of a proud people. The work area was down by the spring, still a pool scooped out by hands long gone frequented by the feathered and furred current inhabitants. The smoke stains on the rocks tell you so much.

I heard voices at Painted Hands, not ancient, just a woman complaining about the scramble down and her partner chirping back to just do it. I worked my hike to avoid them. Missed the delicate white hands at first, doubled back and slowed down to find them. The thought universal, this is me, I was here. These are found around the world.

The Cutthroat Castle Group was last. There are two trailheads, the upper and lower. A sign at the upper points to the lower along a rough track with admonitions of high clearance and 4WD and other discouraging comments. This was my last dirt of the trip. I shifted down and went to the lower.

The hike to the ruins from the lower is much shorter, just several hundred feet. I heard voices below, two ladies, thought erroneously they were together. I dropped in, tipped my hat and began to explore. The allowed maneuvering room is small and I could hear the conversation, mostly one sided. The more senior of the two was lamenting the unrelenting sun, the impending climb out. I moved close enough to interrupt and offered a ride, explaining the short hike and bumpy road and the fact I had removed the rear seats in my 4-door truck to save weight and add space and thus could offer only one ride. After a spell of verbal thinking she accepted. Seems she was on a solo 3-month trip with no particular destinations and no definitive end in the largish RV I'd seen at the upper trailhead.

Back in camp I grilled one last steak with some squash and beans. I'd saved the last chapter of Craig Child's Stone Desert for my last evening in camp. Both the meal and the chapter were filling, nutrition to build on. Hovenweep is about building.
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Feb 14 2016
PaleoRob
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 Guides 159
 Routes 170
 Photos 5,619
 Triplogs 1,012

39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2016
PaleoRob
Hiking1.72 Miles 133 AEG
Hiking1.72 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.81 mph
133 ft AEG      43 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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The final destination of Day 2 of #MountainWeekend was Hovenweep, since Jen had never been. After a few stops along the way we finally pulled into the VC parking lot in the early afternoon. The CNHA desk staff told us that the trail across the canyon was icy and to avoid it. We decided to hike around on the rim and take the advice of the nice lady. We headed down into the canyon briefly to look at the ice on the south side of the canyon, then popped back up on the rim. Even on the rim there was lots of mud and icy spots. The temperatures were in the 50s, so very pleasant hiking. We both got a little burned while walking the trail. We turned around after going out to Tower Point and seeing Hovenweep Castle, as we had dinner plans with a friend in Durango who was driving up from Farmington. Took 10 out of the monument and over into Colorado - it is paved all the way now, except for one 100 yard gravel stretch. Potholes are still awful. The roads to the outliers look hideous; don't go to them until it has dried out a bit more.
Named place
Named place
Sleeping Ute Mountain
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Oct 08 2015
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,437
 Triplogs 398

29 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2015
PatrickL
Hiking1.50 Miles 80 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
80 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Cool loop.

I tried to get to the other portions of the monument but the roads were too muddy for my taste. I'll be back!
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Jul 06 2014
big_load
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 Routes 23
 Photos 1,254
 Triplogs 122

61 male
 Joined Oct 28 2003
 Andover, NJ
Hovenweep HikesSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2014
big_load
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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1st trip
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After the morning in Butler Wash, we crossed El Cajon Mesa (with a stop at the Hatch Trading Post oasis) and visited the more extensive ruins at Hovenweep. It was hot enough that we had the place mostly to ourselves. The architecture is quite distinct from the Kayenta Anasazi and Sinagua ruins we've been visiting, and the setting is very different, too.

Partway between the rim and the wash, I saw what I thought were midden ashes. The Park Service pamphlets revealed that it was actually a layer of coal. I wonder if the inhabitants used it for fuel, or for anything else.
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Dec 27 2009
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2009
PrestonSands
Hiking4.00 Miles 160 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
160 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I made the drive out to Hovenweep from Cortez via scenic McElmo Creek/County Road G. I popped into the visitor's center, layered up in the sub-freezing weather, and hit the trail at 3:30 pm. Numerous ruins, four inches of snow and ice on buff colored sandstone, and soft afternoon light made for a fun afternoon. After completing the hike, I had time for one more loop before the trail closed at sunset, so off I went. Aside from the couple photographing Hovenweep Castle, I had the place to myself. This place is well off the beaten path, and well worth a visit.
Named place
Named place
Hovenweep National Monument
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunset
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Jul 22 2009
rally_toad
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 Guides 22
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 Photos 512
 Triplogs 441

30 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2009
rally_toad
Hiking1.50 Miles 80 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
80 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This is a good hike and a great monument, really cool ruins, well worth the detour on the way back from Mesa Verde.
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Feb 10 2008
PaleoRob
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39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2008
PaleoRob
Hiking2.00 Miles 80 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
80 ft AEG
 
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After the Butler Wash Road proved to be too muddy for Beth's Escape, we headed to Bluff for the Great House, and then couldn't make up our minds on whether to go to Moab or Hovenweep for the day. We settled on Hovenweep; we'll probably head up to Moab in the spring for my birthday.
Named place
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Monument Valley
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Mar 23 2006
PaleoRob
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 Guides 159
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 Photos 5,619
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39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Square Tower Group LoopSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2006
PaleoRob
Hiking1.50 Miles 80 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.13 mph
80 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Square Tower Group - Trip v4.0
Geology
Geology
Laccolith
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-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
average hiking speed 1.76 mph

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