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Towel Creek Ruins - West Access - 7 members in 15 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 01 2017
survivordude
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 Routes 61
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2017
survivordude
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,516 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   2.35 mph
1,516 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to go somewhere new, wanted water, and wanted to explore some ruins. Triple check.. Hit the TH at 7AM and made the short walk to the Verde. The crossing was real easy. Only about knee deep and Gabby had no problem crossing either. The trail is well cairned and only got confusing in a few spots, but the topo was real easy to follow. Passed a small empty shack and saw some javelina jaw bones. Made it to the ruins in just over an hour and explored around for a while. Lots of pottery pieces scattered about. There was a huge room with a small wall in front that is now home to many bats because there were piles of guano all over in there. The second and fourth alcove had some very intact walls and very defined entrances. Was great to hang out there imagining what it was like 800+ years ago. Looking west across to the Verde Rim, I could imagine seeing smoke signals or other signals coming from dwellings on that side of the river. Most wildflowers are all gone but the cactus flowers were blooming real nice. Saguaros should be popping real soon. I really enjoyed the solitude here. I really want to start finding and visiting more ruin sites. ..if I ever get some time away from baseball ..which is not likely anytime soon..

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Brown Springs Quart per minute Quart per minute

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Feb 20 2016
phlak
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 Photos 94
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39 male
 Joined Feb 05 2016
 Anthem, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2016
phlak
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.87 mph
712 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
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As of 2-20-16 the water is very dangerous. We crossed but it was extremely cold and dangerous. If it wasn't 80 degrees that day we all would've been in deep trouble with hypothermia. I would not do this hike for at least another month. This is one of my favorite hikes though because no one is around for miles. I like the quieter hikes and if you are like me you'll love this hike. The hike is not for the weak but its not extreme either. Just take your time and be sure to cross the river when its at a safe level and then ENJOY the hike and views! This is an amazing area for photographs! When you first hit the Verde I recommend going south down stream to the first bend and take in some amazing scenery!

Dog Friendly! My lab had the best day of her life down here!
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Dec 01 2015
dgroat
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59 male
 Joined Jan 30 2004
 Cottonwood, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2015
dgroat
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   6 Hrs      1.01 mph
712 ft AEG
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River was up. Spent an hour looking for a "safe" place to cross. Spent an another half hour trying to find the trailhead on the other side. It's just south (downriver) of the power lines that cross the river. There's a large cairn but it kind of blends into the lava rock background. Promptly lost the trail at the top of the first mesa. It kind of disappears through a thick mesquite thicket. Finally got on track although the trail is VERY faint in places and looks like some of the cairns have fallen down. Had to backtrack and circle a few times to stay on course. I was running out of time when I finally came upon the tin line shack where the trail crosses the creek bottom. I thought about making that my turnaround point, then looked up to the Northeast and could plainly see the ruins on the cliff wall. Made it up to the main ruins and the smaller one to the east, but didn't have a lot of time to explore. Looked like an interesting area. Some huge pot shards, many colors, all over the place. Had to hump back because I didn't want to cross the river in the dark
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Jan 04 2013
fotogirl53
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 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Flagstaff, AZ
Gap Creek to Verde River, AZ 
Gap Creek to Verde River, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2013
fotogirl53
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Since I'm spending alot of time in Camp Verde these days, I've been exploring the area along the river. Today I took Salt Mine Road aka FR 574 to its end at what the forest service calls the Brown Springs Cabin. This is where Gap Creek crosses the road and where the Verde can be accessed. The trailheads for Oxbow Trail and Cold Water Trail #27 are here, too.

Water was running down Gap Creek, with more pouring out at the parking lot. I think this is Browns Cabin Spring. I went through a gate and followed the trail down the little canyon, crossing the rocky creekbed a couple times keeping with the trail. Three horses were in the little canyon, but they were tame (horse shoe prints) and the bay on the trail let me pet him as I went by.

I came upon another spring near the gate at the bottom of the canyon. Don't know the name of this one, but it was putting out alot of water. Then the canyon ended onto a floodplain and the Verde River.

I explored the area a bit, making note of where Jake had noted access to Towel Creek for a future hike. The river is very high right now and I wouldn't want to try to walk across. It seems unusually high and fast this winter.

After hiking upriver for a ways, looking at some rapids where the river is split around an "island", I made my way back. The horses were now in the corral by the cabin, but there were several other horses at the parking area.

The road out here is in really good shape, with a small dozer and a grader parked by the Chasm Creek trailhead. BTW, that area is closed til June 30 for eagle protection--I think it's called the Ladders. Sometimes F&G opens it earlier if the nesting is unsuccessful.
Named place
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Gap Creek
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Jan 10 2011
hippiepunkpirate
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2011
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.39 mph
1,300 ft AEG
 
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Went with my friends Brian and Kat, and their friend Jesse. Gap Creek was flowing, but just a bit. Crossing the Verde was cold, but did not seem nearly as cold as last winter crossing it on an overcast day to get to the hot springs. We lost the trail twice going in, which actually saved us about 200 of elevation gain. Made it to the ruins, and explored further up-canyon about a half mile to try to find a larger ruin that Brian had only seen in pictures. Didn't find the bigger ruin, but spooked a herd of javelina that booked it down a drainage below us. Brian had a better angle than I, and estimated about 30 javelina, including 3 babies. Managed to follow the trail the entire way on the way back. It was a nice hike, and good to see Brian and Kat again. I really liked Towel Creek, nice solitude and interesting metamorphic geology. The route was pretty well-cairned, but very faint in sections, and thus easy to get off trail. The trail seems to do at least one very unnecessary climb. As I said, going off-trail saved us about 200 feet of elevation going in, and could've saved another 200 going out doing the same. Brian was pretty familiar with the area, I had a GPS, and the weather was very mild...in other circumstances I would not have been so comfortable, and probably wouldn't recommend off-trail travel to those unfamiliar to the area without reasonable route-finding and physical abilities, or during the hot months.
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Named place
Named place
Towel Creek Towel Peaks
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Nov 13 2010
scottfyfe
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 Photos 214
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44 male
 Joined Nov 02 2006
 Sabattus, Maine
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2010
scottfyfe
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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First hike after a 7 month injury. It felt great. I love this hike. The 8mile dirt road drive in, the river crossing and the ruins all give this hike a real feeling of true adventure.
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Oct 19 2009
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44 male
 Joined Nov 02 2006
 Sabattus, Maine
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2009
scottfyfe
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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Very fun hike full of beautiful scenery. Glad I hiked this on when I did because route finding was difficult so with assistance from my GPS I was able to simply navigate up the dry creek bed to the ruins. Use caution I saw what I believe to be a bear swimming in the river from a distance, It was black in color and dove under water briefly like it was after fish, he cam up and shook the water from his head then I lost sight of him. Also something is living in one of the cliff dwellings, not sure if it was just the bats as described in the book Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen. It had a strong odor when I was about 5 feet from the entrance. It smelled more like urine to me plus biased on the books info its the wrong time of year for the bats to be living there.
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Jun 16 2007
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 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2007
cabel
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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Temps over 100 had to turn back,
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Mar 04 2007
Raddu
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 Pheonx, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2007
Raddu
Hiking2.00 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
712 ft AEG
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I went with my friend Bobby. We hiked up and down the east side of the river, but couldn't find the large cairn or Trail 67. We crossed the Verde just north of the confluence in some shallow (knee deep) rapids and hiked up the river, we found two large cairns, but they were almost directly across the confluence and there was no trail near them. At one point we couldn't hike any farther north due to a cliff entering the water, so we turned around and went home after spending two hours looking for Trail #67.

I'll take a GPS with me next time, hopefully her GPS location of Trail 67 is correct.

I had the book Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen, which had similar directions as this site, but it wasn't much help either.
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Dec 14 2005
cyn
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 Joined Aug 13 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2005
cyn
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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Dec 07 2005
cyn
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 Photos 132
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 Joined Aug 13 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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cyn
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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Dec 00 2005
ADIE
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53 female
 Joined May 02 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 00 2005
ADIE
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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May 31 2003
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 Avondale, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar May 31 2003
rsalisburyaz
Backpack6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Backpack6.08 Miles   5 Hrs      1.22 mph
712 ft AEG
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Tough trail on a 100+ degree day.
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Apr 16 2003
James M. Poehner
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 Phoenix, AZ
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2003
James M. Poehner
Hiking6.08 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles
712 ft AEG
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Never found the ruins this way. Though, If you've never seen the ruins and would like to they are easy to find using Towel Creek Trail #67.
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Nov 23 2002
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 Joined Nov 15 2002
 Orange, CA
Towel Creek Ruins - West AccessCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2002
T150
Hiking3.00 Miles 712 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.00 mph
712 ft AEG
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Traveled from California to search for the Towel Creek Ruins from the West access. Unfortunately the Verde was just too full to cross. We hiked all the way north from Gap Creek to Punk Rock Rapids (as referred to by some local rafters), which is as far as you can go on the river's edge; about 1.5 miles and no sign of a place to cross less than 3-4 feet deep with a strong current. Had lunch and called it a day. Nevertheless the scramble/walk along the beautiful Verde was great and we had gorgeous weather. We'll be back to try again, but a warning to others - November may be too late to cross the Verde.
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