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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2018
AZLumberjack
Hiking2.50 Miles 458 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.07 mph
458 ft AEG
 
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I wanted to get out and hike a couple of miles this morning and the Massacre Trail fit my demands nicely. I started out a bit before 07:00 while the sun was still behind the mountains but plenty of light to navigate by. Nobody was at the First Water Road Trailhead as I headed out, a bit cool but still comfortable. My hike took me as far as the old original Massacre Falls Trailhead at the Wilderness fence line and then on to the rock outcropping where a small, shallow cave sits on the side of the rocks. I have visited the cave on past hikes but this time I wanted to do some exploring around to see if there was evidence that the cave had been used in the past.

I climbed up the rocks to the cave entrance and looked inside, nope, no one's home. The cave is natural occurring and typically volcanic in nature, about seven feet deep, three feet high and eight to ten feet across. I laid on my back and did kind of a butt-walk to get further inside. The ceiling has a fairly thick layer of creosote from past fires that indicated more usage than from recreational fires or someone using the cave to get out of the weather for a short period. and then I noticed it.... there, right next to my foot was a Metate (a flat stone with a recessed area commonly used by early Native Americans for grinding grains and/or seeds). The stone (metate) was a naturally occurring part of the floor of the cave, not one that had been carried in and showed that it had seen a fair amount of usage.

I looked around the inside of the cave for tools or pottery sherds but found none then went outside and searched the immediate area for any signs of early habitation but again, found none. Since this cave is not large enough for more than a temporary seasonal usage, questions come to mind if this cave was used by the Apache during the Perlata Massacre as this is adjacent to the Massacre Grounds. Gotta love this kind of hiking.
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I saw a few Brittlebush flowers, one Mexican Poppy and lots of red, ripe Wolf Berries on the bush.
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