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Eagletail Mountains WanderSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking9.30 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles
500 ft AEG
 
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Hiked to Indian Springs from the trailhead near Courthouse Rock. It's an easy trail with very little altitude change. There is a well worn trail that heads straight for Indian Springs leaving the old jeep trail which takes a jog to the north. Spent some time looking at the petroglyphs - mostly the archaic style with geometric patterns. After enjoying lunch in the shade of the petroglyph cliff I explored the area just west of the petroglyphs - Indian Spring wasn't producing any water - not sure that it ever does. Then I headed north to take a look at the natural arches - a distance of about 1.5 miles. I was tired of walking on level ground so hiked up to the arches from the west side - great views. After the arches I wandered across the desert skirting the edge of the mountains back to the trail head. Checked out some cliff alcoves for possible Indian ruins but didn't find any. The desert landscape is much more open here than I'm used to in the north Phoenix area - makes it easy to explore off the trail without getting your hide punctured by thorns and cactus spines. Back at the trailhead I drove down a jeep trail into a nearby wash to get out of the wind and camped for the night with Courthouse Rock towering above me.
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