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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
adilling
Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
650 ft AEG
 
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I am not sure how many times I have hiked up this trail, but I always like it. It's way too crowded during hiking season, but a little more bearable in the summer when the crowds thin out. I have never hiked up here at night, and I wanted to get some astro pictures of the canyon and the petroglyphs. So, I waited for a clear and cool evening and headed up. No problems with crowds or parking as I was the only one out there last night. I saw or heard no other humans. I did see another truck in the parking lot when I came down about 1130pm. But, I saw and heard nobody out on the trail when I was out there.

The moon was not up and in hindsight, it might have been better for me with a little illumination on the cliffs. It was dark and bit cold. The trail is very easy to follow and seems to be in good shape. I was happy to see minimal signs of human activity when I was walking around up there. But, I did notice (and almost stepped in) the large number of dog poops left along the trail. Come on dog people, pick up after your pets!

I stay for a few hours as I was taking a large number of shots for a star trail composite. I noticed the tops of the mountain were very well lit up from the light pollution from Phoenix, but the inside of canyon was pitch dark. When I would turn off my headlamp, it was extremely dark. Even after my eyes adjusted, I could barely make out the trail and the rocks.

This is a great canyon and it's even better the further up you go.

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