This is an easy hike. Best for return trips from California or a nice date hike. I remember going to Palo Verde in the mid 80's for my Scottsdale High electronics class. Which is now a Hilton or something. Anyhow, I thought it was interesting how the avenue addresses keep going out that way. Well they keep going cause this bad boy is at about 580th Avenue
I just realized the city goes all the way to I-85. Where did all these people come from
The drive was half the fun. Passed an auction of some sorts out in the middle of absolutely NOWHERE!
This hike was better than expected. As mentioned, it travels through a wash for a good section. Might want to add it's a pretty big wash. If it got any bigger it'd be borderline canyon material. Anyhow, it's pretty cool twisting and narrowing up. If you wore teva sandals you probably wouldn't enjoy the going as it's sand and gravel.
I turned one corner and encountered 20-30 people. To put it lightly this REALLY concerned me
Well, minus the fact that groups in a wilderness are suppose to be limited and such... but... umm... there was only one truck at the trailhead. About five-ten minutes later I became more concerned as I passed a couple that obviously fitted the profile for the truck at the trailhead.
Although I was concerned I figured two from the group spoke english and said hello. Plus they didn't seem shocked to see me so minus the oddness of it all I figured it was safe to relax. Also with South Mountain as my neighborhood playground I knew I was good for twenty miles on this easy terrain.
I continued on to the Indian Springs area. The petroglyphs span maybe a quarter mile of the low cliffs. I'm not sure how many are real and how many are graffiti but there's a bunch. Most are a matrix of some sort with few stick figures that I noted anyhow. Did see some four legged animals but the bodies are different from the Verde river or South Mountain ones I've seen.
I wanted to explore some more but decided I best keep moving on an alternate route back to the trailhead. This flat looking land is a maze of washes but proved nearly impossible to get lost with the prominent land marks.