Best trails in Sierra Ancha Wilderness Area, Arizona

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#1 - Devils' Chasm Trail
Sierra Ancha Wilderness Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#2 - Reynolds Creek Trail #150
Sierra Ancha Wilderness Area
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#3 - Coon Creek Ruins and Cliff Dwellings of the Sierra Ancha
Sierra Ancha Wilderness Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Note: This route can be almost entirely travelled by a 4wd or high clearance vehicle. This is trail to the Coon Creek Ruins and Cliff Dwellings of the Sierra Ancha or what is also known as the Hematite House due to the hematite mineral bands in the cliffs at the ruins. It is located in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. To get to the trail head from Phoenix travel east on Hwy 60 to Globe, AZ. In Globe take a left on Hwy 188 towards Roosevelt Lake, then take a right on Hwy 288 (the old Young Hwy). Just the other side of the one lane bridge over the Salt River look for the right turn on to Cherry Creek Rd or FR203. Follow FR203 for approx 6 miles and as you pass under the power lines look for FR38 to the left. Take FR38 north and approx 1 mile you'll pass through a gate. Close the gate after passing through it and approx 1.5 miles you'll come to the intersection of FR1076 (a Y in the road). There is room to park here and hike up the old FR1076 to the ruins. The road was serviceable when I hiked this, but it's advisable to park here (the intersection of FR38/FR1076) and hike the remaining 1.7 miles to the ruins. There are parts of the road/trail that are loose rock and requires some attention and you will be exposed to the elements (no shade). You'll hike through a pass between the two hills in the terrain. After you come through the pass look for the trail off to the right (there was an old fire ring of rocks at this point). The trail from here drops down into an old wash and then down towards Coon Creek. The ruins aren't visible from this point, but are located on the right hidden by the trees. As you follow the trail around look for the red rock trail that zig-zags up to the right. This will take you up to the ruins located on the north face of the cliffs. The ruins are estimated from the mid-1300AD. It's one of the smaller ruins in the area and although it's seen some destruction by time and humans, it is still very interesting to see and appreciate the history of the Salado people.Show more