Monday, July 22, 2013
Hiking to Sears-Kay Ruins
I found the trail head and parked my car and started on the trek up to the ruins. It took about 35-40 minutes to reach the site and when I got there this was what I saw. It certainly wasn't as impressive as the Montezuma's Castle that I posted a couple of months ago. But, you can make out the rocky outline of the structures that once stood here. They go all the way up to the top of the hill, 40 rooms altogether. This site is over 900 years old and was inhabited by the Hohokam people, ancestors of the Pima Indians. It was discovered in 1897 on the ranch of J. M. Sears (thus the name) but, it wasn't officially recorded until 1929.
It was a much longer hike than I had expected. I took this photo about three quarters of the way up. That's the parking area down below and my car looks like a tiny dot just to the right of those two shelters. I think I'll go back in the winter months when it's not quite so hot to be climbing trails.