|Sycamore Creek Petroglyphs, AZ|
|Sycamore Creek Petroglyphs, AZ|| |
Sycamore Creek Petroglyphs, AZ
|Hiking||3.10 Miles|| 1 Hour 56 Mns ||1.60 mph|
|925 ft AEG||12 LBS Pack|
||no linked trail guides|
|Since the imminent rain kept us from checking other 'desert varnish' outcroppings for possibly more petroglyphs on Sunday, I decided to take a quick return trip to do just that... and yes, take more photos of the same petroglyphs as I did a year ago.|
I began with the quick 100-yard scoot up to the petroglyphs, took some photos, then set off to check out all the likely suspects within a half-mile radius of the petroglyphs. After coming up dry on the west side of Sycamore Creek, I still had one more peak to check out on the east side.
Although the water flow in Sycamore Creek was not that much on Sunday, it precluded crossing on foot without getting wet... at least where we would have liked to cross. But surprisingly the flow was down just enough I felt sure I could find a dry crossing. I did, easily getting across dry, only to have to fight my way through a thicket of dense brush thoroughly 'fenced' with cottonwood(?) 'cotton balls' which were netted by spider webs.
It would be long after making it through the brush before I felt free of the spider webs, only to be confronted by a very well-built and well-maintained barbed wire fence... for what? there probably hasn't been cattle here in decades. After a back-and-forth search of a few hundred yards with no luck, it was time to turn honey-badger... I found the softest ground in the deepest dip under the fence and dug just enough to slide under the fence without my pack. After retrieving my pack I refilled the hole... why? Who knows?
Whatever... now I'm headed through Tracey's nemesis (fox-tails... if she were here 'nuf said) on my way up to the last black-rock outcrop sporting desert-varnish... and found nothing. Oh well, at least now I know.
Now it's time to recross the fence as well as the creek, but now at different locations. The fence turned out to be the same issue, except the ground was significantly harder. The creek re-crossing turned out to be a walk-in-the-park... all I had to do was go past the piping (to keep vehicles from continuing along the creek) and continue until finding a nice dry rock crossing, barely a few hundred feet from where I had parked... opposite of the direction I began the hike.