PHX - Perry Mesa Bike and Hike - Ruins and Petroglyphs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I've been wanting to do this bike and hike thing for quite some time so I invited ADVRiders with like interest to join me.

    Takers:

    Viper05 - KLR650
    EsconDeasy - XR650L
    HoosierTrailMaster - KTM 625SXC
    DOD - XR650R
    Reidy008 - CRF250X
    Ned37 - Husaberg
    Dustyaz1 - XR650R
    team_taz - XR650L
    Nightstalker - CRF450X

    A leisurely 9:00AM start was set to give the heavy party crowd a chance to participate.

    HTM showed up with a new to him KTM 625 SXC. So sweet!! Too bad the battery was dead...

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    All geared up and ready to go!

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    We didn't have to go far before the first mishap. HTM was trying to knock the new off that KTM.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The Agua Fria River was running!!!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Destination 1, Squaw Creek Ruins

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    Pottery sherds are EVERYWHERE!

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    Checking out the ruins.

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    This site is believed to contain nearly 200 rooms.

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    And affords great views of Squaw Creek below.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Apart from great views and abundant pottery sherds, this site contains an ORGY of petroglyphs!!!

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  6. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Thouht we found the red deer but we wer wrong...
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    One of the clearest ones I saw...
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    Then the real Red deer and his little one...
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    A close up that only two of us were able to get...
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    and the little guy on his own...
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    This little guy was enjoying the sun...
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    And clearly there were some space man visits way back when...
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    The rock walls above..
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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Heading off to the next site.

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    This is what most of the mesa looked like.

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    DOD has fuel to spare.

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    A herd of antelope off in the distance was having a great New Year's day too!

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Searching for more ruins and petroglyphs. Let the hiking begin!

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    Reaching the edge of the mesa, a good place to look.

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    Some sweet petroglyphs!

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    It's "The Dude!"

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Metate?

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    Ned finds the ruins.

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    More great views!

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  11. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Took a few pics at this location
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    Cool rock that has been rubbed out. The guys know what this is called.
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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Back to the bikes.

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    team_taz departs for Crown King.

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    The rest of the crew heads for POINT EXTREME!!

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Welcome to Point Extreme.

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    More petroglyphs.

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    EsconDeasy feeling spiritual.

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  14. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    There were two of these markers drilled into the rocks on the point. Maybe someone knows what they are for?
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    Some goofy pics

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    Pic of the feature rock looking at Black Canyon City
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    and looking back at it from I-17 at 80 MPH
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    And my final pic is of a bunch of ballons neer Lake Pleasant on the way home.
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The real reason to visit Point Extreme!

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    Rockstars!

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    Thumb Butte on the left, ranch on the right.

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    Pure art.

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    Returning to the bikes.

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    DOD heading back.

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    The long road ahead.

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    Ned

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    On Bloody Basin Road.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Stop for food. Hope you're not in a hurry...

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    My skins were good. Some of the platters were delivered lukewarm :( A table full of not happy campers.

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    50+ mile ride.

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    2+ mile hike.

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  19. Kevinsterner

    Kevinsterner Been here awhile

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    Great job NS. Will you have the gps tracks on your website
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  20. agavelvr

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    That's a survey marker. Typically set by government entities, they establish a network of points that help map the land using triangulation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survey_marker

    Nice ride folks. Wish I could have joined you. Heading out to the camino del diablo tomorrow :)
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