2013-05-16 - Horse Collar Ruin - Natural Bridges   31 Photos   May 16, 2013
 
We took time out from our loop hike to climb up the wall and visit the ancient Anasazi 'Horse Collar Ruins' in Natural Bridges National Monument.
 
2013-05-05 - Horizontal Mine video   128.9 MB   May 5, 2013
 
4-minute exploration of an old horizontal mineshaft a hundred yards into a mountain complete with rails and a bat.
 
2013-05-05 - Gold Creek mines hike   62 Photos   May 5, 2013
 
5-hour 5.4-mile 1185' AEG hike along Gold Creek on Forest Roads 191 & 3322 in search old mines. Our reward was a 300' horizontal mine, complete with rails and a bat.
 
2013-05-04 - Iron Dike summit hike   35 Photos   May 4, 2013
 
70-minute .8-mile 510' AEG hike to the summit of Iron Dike in the Reno Pass Quadrangle. At the southern end of the flat top we found an L-shaped ancient defensive ruin.
 
2013-05-04 - Forest Road 191 hike   50 Photos   May 4, 2013
 
3-hour 50-minute 5-mile 975' AEG hike on Forest Road 191 along with a cross-country excursion to a peak I believed used to have a mine. We found two large eroded excavations as well as a vertical mine-shaft.
 
2013-05-02 - Mercuria Mine area hike   25 Photos   May 2, 2013
 
2-hour 3.8-mile 695' AEG hike along the long extinct Forest Road 1683 in search of the Mercuria mine. We didn't find it but being only a 20' working, erosion may have erased it. On our return trip we found possibly a 100'+ horizontal mine in two feet of water. We'll be back better prepared to wade in.
 
2013-05-02 - Pine Butte summit hike   11 Photos   May 2, 2013
 
2-hour 3.25-mile 1135' AEG hike to the summit of Pine Butte in the Reno Pass Quadrangle.
 
2013-05-02 - Peak 5901 summit hike   18 Photos   May 2, 2013
 
2-hour 2.5-mile 1519' AEG hike to the summit of Peak 5901 in the Mazatzal Peak Quadrangle. A white-tailed deer traversing a slope across from us was the only wildlife encountered.
 
2013-05-02 - Peak 6340 summit hike   9 Photos   May 2, 2013
 
Very short 41-minute .9-mile 379' AEG hike through thorny brush to the summit of Peak 6340 in the Mazatzal Peak Quadrangle.
 
2013-04-27 - Jake's Corner ruin site   8 Photos   Apr 27, 2013
 
A half-hour half-mile 235' AEG hike to the ancient Salado ruin site. Being so convenient to reach and all the visitors over the years there's nothing but a few low rock 'walls.'
 
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