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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2011
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.50 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
588 ft AEG
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Hieroglyphic Canyon Trip 3


With winter wearing thin on the body, friends still residing year-round in Minnesota, are looking for friends who are wintering in the sunshine states. So a long-time friend of my wife's is spending a week with us and enjoying a reprieve from the nasty snow and cold that this winter season has brought.

We did the normal East Valley stuff like going to the shopping malls, touring some of the nicer home areas, going to Tortilla Flats and all that tourist stuff, but Little Jo wanted to take a hike in the famous Superstition Mountains. I keep Hieroglyphic Canyon high on the list of hikes because the trailhead is close and accessible, the hike is moderate in distance and altitude gain and the views of the petroglyphs are worth the trip.

So off we went, arriving at the TH around 9:30 and, as I expected, it was packed. We hit the trail, meeting several groups of hikers already returning, passed some groups and allowed others to pass us. Fortunately the day was perfect with good amounts of Arizona sun and a slight breeze to keep the clothes dry.

Once in Hieroglyphic Canyon, it's easy to see how the casual visitors unwittingly destroy the ancient relics. They climb the rocks in an effort to get a better view of the Petroglyphs and in the process erase some of the more vulnerable markings. I know there can't be bars and cages around the drawings but I think a couple of well placed signs explaining how fragile this resource is and how little it takes to destroy them would help people to understand that they could be loving them to death.

After viewing the Petroglyphs, I turned my attention to my favorite Balancing Rock way up on the ridge http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=13080 and marvel at the wonders of nature all over again. Then it was time to begin our return to the TH. Since I am also a Geocacher, I acquainted Little Jo with the GPS and how to go about finding a hidden 'treasure' planted out here in the desert by other Geocachers. Once we left the Wilderness area of the Superstitions, we began zeroing in on a couple of caches and with little trouble located them in their hiding places under shrubs or piles of rocks. Just a little something to add some zest to the short hike.

Back at the parking lot, it was time to remove the equipment and take a short break before driving back home. Another great day in the Superstition Mountains.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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