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Hieroglyphic-Hog Loop, AZ
mini location map2008-04-21
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Hieroglyphic-Hog Loop, AZ 
Hieroglyphic-Hog Loop, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 21 2008
Canyoneering10.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.48 mph
2,100 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Hie on the Hog...

The recent logs about Hog Canyon got me thinking about this one. Combining Hieroglyphics Canyon with its neighbor seems like a natural loop...though I don't see it logged anywhere.

While the recent triplogs for Hog made it seem a little "prickly", I knew that its not hard to get to the top of it via Hiero and a short jog on the Ridgeline trail. I figured no matter how overgrown or bouldery it was, having most of the day to get down, it should work out OK.

Starting at the Hieroglyphics Canyon trailhead, I found that the trail above the "hieroglyphics" was a little better cairned than last time I was there and not too hard to follow. For the most part it stays right of the creek bottom and 100' or so higher. A little less than 2hrs to the ridge and then less than 30min to the top of Hog Canyon.

From the top Hog looks reasonably straight-forward. Less brush on the right side so I contoured that way and stayed above the drainage for a while until it looked "not too" overgrown. The contouring is loose and steep but just typical for the Supes. I spent the rest of the time boulder hopping in the completely dry bottom ... some ducking of treelimbs required but not bad.

It took about 2-2.5 hrs to get to the bottom of the Canyon and it was a lot easier than I was expecting. Somehow I missed all the interesting places referred to by others: the old fire ring, the petrolyphs, even the waterfalls! The only explanations I can think of are 1) if you value your ankles, boulder hopping requires a lot of concentration and I must have just missed things, and 2) no water, no falls, and simpler descent of the boulders. Still its odd.

I continued down the dry creekbed onto the flats until I hit a fence. This is where Joe's Hog Canyon GPS trace started, so I exited left, went through a gate, and saw the end of the "road" that allows the closest approach to Hog Canyon. BTW this cowpath, uh, road is open...just one cattle gate to pass through. I walked down the road to its end and took a left on what turns into Cloudview Road which lead back to the car. The couple miles on the flats/roads is a little dull but its nice to finish the loop.
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