|Hiking||3.58 Miles|| 3 Hrs || ||1.19 mph|
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Picacho Mountains Petroglyph Sites - REDUX
When Joe B. made his move out of the Ahwatukee Foothills, he mailed me one of his books that was cluttering up the home library - "Petroglyphs of the Picacho Mountains" by Henry D. Wallace and James P. Holmlund. This 1986 publication was contracted by the Tucson Aqueduct Project (TAP, now CAP - Central Arizona Project) to mitigate archeological impact by the project through the Picacho Mountains.
Much appreciative of this unexpected gem, I've been waiting for the opportunity for a return trek to these rock art sites having new context plus tips about many more sites. That opportunity presented itself today with Lynn and Skippy...
When I wrote the Hike Description back in March 2006, my only reference was Dave Wilson's "Hiking Runis Seldom Seen" and an anecdotal reference made at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center alluding to 4000+ petroglyphs in the Picacho Mountains. With the Wallace and Holmlund archeological survey in hand, I'm surprised at the efficiency we had uncovering the North Pass and Shelter Gap sites. We'd identified 6 sites; the survey lists 8 sites in this area - not bad for a bunch of amateurs...
On this day, we revisited the North Pass and Shelter Gap sites for a redux and a first look at Shelter Gap sites "E" and "F". Don't know if we actually found the panels associated with sites "E" and "F" since we only saw isolated single glyphs near the saddle. Shelter Gap is so named for the large number of small shelters within this geologic feature. Look for associated U-shaped rock formations characteristic of small shelters.
The Wallace and Holmlund survey indicates that the 2nd largest concentration of glyphs is at the Picacho Point area - the extreme westerly projecting ridge from the Picacho range. Lynn and I traveled Brady Pump Road to its southern terminus at an aqueduct pumping station. Without locating an access route across the aqueduct and past the pumping station, our attempt to explore the Picacho Point sites were thwarted. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who's been to the Picacho Point and/or Kristo sites...