Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen
by Dave Wilson (Falcon Guides)
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Great hike. We went the day after a big rain storm so the water was really flowing. It took us about 5 and 1/2 hour to complete the hike. Make sure you have plenty of water and something to snack on before you head back out.
An amazing hike with a chance to be alone with 600 year old ruins. What could be better. Intense drive to the trail head, many water crossings and an exhausting trek out of the canyon. 7hrs round trip requires a lot of water especially on the way up and out. DO IT!
The road to the trail head is rough and requires high clearance. We went a couple days after a few big winter storms and parts of the road were flowing with water. It was a challenge to get to the trail but denifinty worth the trek. The washes were flowing with water which made it a little harder to keep the trail but it was beautiful. I would recommend making the trip when the water is flowing.
The trail is long, rocky, and requires multiple river crossings. It is uphill on the way out and you must climb a rock face to enter the cave. That being said stil one of the best hikes.
Very nice hike. The cliff dwelling is the icing on the cake. The hike is all in relatively high elevations so the trees and real soil is a treat for a Phoenix resident. Pace yourself on the way in, the elevation was a bit hard on me on the return (it's a slow uphill grade on the way back). Much recommended hike and the drive to the trail head is as exciting as the hike. Enjoy!
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