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Picacho Mountains Petroglyph SitesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2006
joebartels
Hiking1.00 Miles 134 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.25 mph
134 ft AEG
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Arrived about 9:30am. Four vehicles in the first lot so I bypassed the Minnesota senior citizens. None of which had permits that I could see.

Took the first right, which I guess a car could negotiate if it wasn't recent plowed soft edge. North Star has been plowed flat as a pancake, but it's a good two feet below the other terrain. I roamed around a hillside for awhile. Which became the routine, drive - roam a hillside, drive - roam a hillside.

After completing Randal's triangle I ventured off into the desert to scout the roads. It's a maze and I documented some until my GPS fried in the sun. Luckily after cooling it down it revived at home. There's plenty of rock strewn hillsides to hunt. The roads are not wide like the Tecate Baja 1000, rather tight hugged with pristine desert foliage.

I didn't hike more then a mile total in various areas. Randal's triangle would be a good mountain bike. Venturing on further can lead into some deep sand sections you wouldn't want to bike.

I came across the tail end of a hill with a boulder the size of a house at the base. The boulder was split into 4 perfect pie slices. I can't imagine how it got there, the hill wasn't even close to being high enough for a fall with such results. It must have fallen from the sky.

On the return I checked out the main site which was free of visitors. This is obviously the main attraction. Not only is the hill covered in blackened cracked rock but views from the top are sweet. It's so peaceful looking towards Phoenix. If I didn't know better I'd figure maybe a dozen people lived in the distance, not three million :o

The entire area is great for exploring!
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