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Coon Creek Ruins Overlook via FR3368 - 4 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 18 2015
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Coon Creek Ruins Overlook via FR3368Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Feb 18 2015
AZLOT69
Walk / Tour0.04 Miles 10 AEG
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Great view, nice place to have lunch, with a view, thanks Hank.
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Jan 25 2015
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81 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Coon Creek Ruins Overlook via FR3368Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Jan 25 2015
AZLumberjack
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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varmit
Coon Creek Ruins and Upper Deep Creek


This trip was in the works for quite some time and although I had ample time to examine it on the maps, I wasn't fully prepared for the exciting afternoon of hiking through the high ranges of the Sierra Ancha's. We drove in two vehicles with Larry leading the way in his raised Toyota FJ and I following in my Ranger 4WD pickup. The highway suspension in my little truck was a bit too soft for the ruts and protruding boulders on FR203A but if I closed my eyes on the hairpins it took some of the fright out of the drive :scared: I surely don't recommend this trip for anyone who is afraid of high, narrow mountain roads without guardrails (my truck still isn't speaking to me).

Once at the remote overlook, we exited the vehicles amidst a stiff breeze that was still chilled by the early morning and high altitude. The first rays of the morning sun created a shadowy band where the ruins sat, far below us in a lush valley. After a few super zoom shots, it was back into the vehicles for the short trip to the Bull Canyon Trailhead, where we donned our packs and reset our GPS units.

I don't know who ordered the day's dress code, but the guys all wore blue shirts and Kelly wore a bright orange windbreaker :-k Everywhere you looked there was mountain tops and all were dominated by the firetower on Aztec Peak. The mountains and canyons are extremely green for this time of year thanks to the frequent rains that have passed through the area.

Not many signs to direct the way but thanks to the research of Larry and Hank, we made it through the trackless heights and into the entrance to an old road that had been blasted along the steep canyon walls alongside dry creeks and washes far below us. The road that we were following was dominated by growths of Manzanita, Holly and the occasional Catclaw which crowded the cliff-side of the trail forcing us to bushwhack through on the exposed steep bank-side :doh:

Kelly and I were in the back of the pack when everyone suddenly stopped and began whispering as they stared at a large group of Coatimundi on the steep banks on the opposite canyon wall. I raised my SX50 in hopes of snapping some close-up's but the Coati were now all spread out and those critters can really scamper on those steep slopes, so I was lucky to get a couple shots where I captured them and lots of shots with only hillside brush and grass :?

The trail soon turned into a series of rockslides that again forced us to cross on the exposed side of the trail. The rockslide scree led down in some places over a hundred feet into the welcoming arms of Manzanita .... which was the last stop before the steep cliffs leading into Deep Creek. We finally reached the first adit entrance to an old Uranium Mine from back in the 50's and 60's. Kelly was one of the first in and surely the first out. She heard a buzzing sound and thought the mine was full of bees, but they turned out to be hundreds of flys that we had interrupted from their rest. The interior of the mine also smelled of sulpher (possibly Bat Guano further back in the mine) :o

We continued on the trail until coming to the second mine, and again we had to check out the interior for about the first fifty feet. The trail ended a short distance past the second mine but offered us some incredible views of Bull Canyon's steep walls with almost Hoodoo-like spires towering hundreds of feet above the creek. We were in hopes of backtracking where we would be getting down into the creek and exploring the cliffs from a closer perspective.

After returning a short distance Larry found a trail that snaked down into the creek bed where we found pools of clear water. We rock-hopped on down the creek until, after rounding one more corner, we were faced with a shear drop of slightly less than a hundred feet down into a deep plunge pool at the bottom :o It was an amazing site to see so we made this our lunch break while taking turns looking over the rocky edge of the falls. The sun was warm and inviting and the winds had quit blowing, making this a relaxing place to take an extended break.

The return to the trailhead went quickly but Larry had one more bit of exploring as he made an early exit up the walls of the trail to see what he could see 8-[ Eventually we all joined again at the parking lot where we said our thanks and began our descent from the mountains to Cherry Creek Road.

A big thanks to everyone, Larry and Hank for the research on the hike, first time meeting Tim (Varmit), brother-in-law (minermike) and it's always fun to hike with Kelly :y:
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Very few wildflowers out.
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Jan 25 2015
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77 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coon Creek Ruins Overlook via FR3368Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Jan 25 2015
Grasshopper
Walk / Tour0.04 Miles 10 AEG
Walk / Tour0.04 Miles      30 Mns   0.16 mph
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This was my group planned idea that "maybe" this short hike will work :-k and if not, we had a primary hike planned for the day to Upper Deep Creek from the Bull Canyon TH that I knew would be a winner!

As it turned-out, this very short .30 mile drive off the main Bull Canyon FR203A access road onto signed FR3368 to this road ending Cliff Overlook with views across the Coon Creek Canyon Drainage to view the ancient Sierra Ancha "Coon Creek Ruins" turned-out to be a surprise winner idea! :D

Mid to late morning is the best time to view this Cliff Dwellings Ruins Site due to the sun's rising east location. It is highly recommended for those who plan a visit to the various HAZ listed hiking TH's along FR203A, to also include in your morning plans a short visit and photo // viewing opportunity at this Cliff Overlook (best viewed and captured by bringing a decent zoom camera and/or binoculars).

T-hank-S to all for risking it. Sometimes my off-trail planning ideas really are a risk. Fortunately this time was different :)
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[ checklist ] Coon Creek
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Jan 25 2015
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74 male
 Joined Apr 28 2008
 Tempe, AZ
Coon Creek Ruins Overlook via FR3368Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Jan 25 2015
varmit
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles 820 AEG
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
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This was a great hike for my first triplog post! I was really happy to be a part of this fantastic outing in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness with Grasshopper, Oregon Hiker, trekkin gecko, mnlumberjack and minermike.

This very remote and scenic area has a lot to offer with sweeping views of Cherry Creek and rugged depths of Deep Creek in addition to some old abandoned uranium mines. There was a lot of evidence of deer, javalina and coyote that frequent the area. Our off trail route covered a variety of terrain with patches of thick brush, manzanita, catclaw and loose shale rock in many places. Deep Creek had pools of water scattered along the exposed bedrock.

We were lucky enough to see a band of perhaps a dozen Coatimundi along the opposite canyon side while traversing our way down into Deep Creek. Some in our group were faster on the camera than others...you'll notice I do not have a photo of the band!

This was my first time into this beautiful area but it will not be my last. There is a lot more to explore out there.. :)
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[ checklist ] Corral
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[ checklist ] Coon Creek Deep Creek
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Jan 25 2015
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,050 AEG
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got to tag along with the boys on this interesting and scenic piece of the sierra anchas
rocky drive to bull canyon trailhead, with a stop at an overlook into the coon creek ruins
took deep creek trail, then off trail across a mesa, which featured a tank and a corral
then along an old mining road to the two donna lee uranium mines
both shafts seemed in good condition
went in about 15 feet, but a funny smell and a lot of flies didn't entice me to go in further
on the way back, dropped into deep creek on a nice set of switchbacks
went down canyon about a quarter mile, where we found a 50+ foot dropoff with a small waterfall and a good sized pool at the bottom
no way to get down it without gear
found webbing anchored around big rocks with rap rings so someone has done it
had lunch here and had to be content with looking down deep creek canyon at the spires and hoodoos
it would be way cool to go down there
headed back up and out
very nice day for this, in january no less
had fun exploring with some pretty good guys
nice to meet varmit (tim) :) and see the others again
thanks for including me in this one!
now i have about a dozen more hikes to put on the list ;)
will adjust stats when other tracks are posted
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Jan 25 2015
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76 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.90 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   5 Hrs      0.98 mph
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This was a repeat of a hike I did back in April, 2013, into Deep Creek Canyon above where it dumps in to Bull Canyon. This time I brought 5 friends thanks to Grasshopper's hike planning. The drive up FR203A to the Bull Canyon Th can be a little frightening if you have a fear of heights and meet another vehicle coming the opposite direction. But I just kept reminding myself that this was nothing compared to the time I rode out of Miles TH in the Superstitions with friendofThunderGod at the wheel. We stopped at an overlook off of FR203A on the way to the Bull Canyon TH to take a look at the Coon Creek Ruins far below and enjoy the views. Then it was on to the trailhead. It was a short hike along Deep Creek Trail #128 to the start of the off trail section of this hike. We stopped by Mesa Tank which was lower than it had been in April, 2013. It appears to be on its way to filling up with sediment and becoming a marsh. Then on to the picturesque ancient corral. This area is still being actively used for cattle ranching which helps keep trails open through the patches of brush on the mesa.

On our way down a side ravine on the old mining road we were treated to the view of a large troop of Coatimundi on the opposite wall of the cliff sided ravine. There were at least a dozen but maybe as many as 20. They were tightly bunched together when I first spotted them with all there faces pointed towards us staring at us across the ravine. The white markings around their eyes really stood out in the bright morning sun and looked like they were all wearing white goggles. It was this feature that first caught my eye. As I fumbled to get my camera out of its case they started to move off in single file following a tiny ledge in the cliff and then started to scatter with some continuing along the ledge and others climbing up the hillside. This was the highlight of the hike for me because it was my first ever sighting of Coatimundi.

We continued along the old mining road to see the two Donna Lee uranium adits then took a side trip down the bottom of the canyon on the way back. I hadn't ventured more than a 100 yds down the canyon bottom on my last trip and hoped we could make it through the deep slotted section of the canyon visible below the second adit. Unfortunately we didn't get very far before being stopped by a high pour off that could only be down climbed by rappelling - something I prefer to leave to the Canyoneering folks who have obviously been here before based on the webbing left wrapped around large rocks at the top.

On the return hike I separated from the group and took a "short cut" up to the mesa to explore another area on the way back. Didn't find much, just a lot of brush which I was able to negotiate by following cow footprints left when it was muddy. I knew they were probably heading for the tank and would know the best way to get through the brush. I did cross the top end of a drainage with patches of water pooled in the slick rock. This drainage becomes quite large turning into a small canyon which enters Bull Canyon just above Deep Creek. A place to explore next time. After a couple of "What's that over there" side trips I made it back to the trailhead just a few minutes behind the rest of the group.
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