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Gila River - Oatman Mtn., AZ
mini location map2019-05-26
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Gila River - Oatman Mtn., AZ 
Gila River - Oatman Mtn., AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking4.24 Miles 1,038 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   1.03 mph
1,038 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Had to take advantage of another miraculously cool day to visit the lower Gila River. I knew of a petroglyph site at the foot of Oatman Mountain on the north side of the river bed and thought I'd also check out another nearby likely looking spot. They are only about a mile apart so I took the scenic route between them: part way up one of the ridges of Oatman Mountain and down another.

Plenty of petroglyphs at the known site though they are not as impressive as those at many other places along the river. I walked up the ridge behind this hill wondering if I'd find anything interesting as I moved away from the river. The answer was: not much. One faint glyph and some rock clearings was about it but the walking was not bad (no foxtails!) and the view was nice. The cool wind blew so hard I gave up trying to keep my hat on and stowed it in my pack.

When the ridge got far enough up the hill I contoured over to the ridge next door and took that down to another riverside hill that I guessed might have some decorations. And yes it did.

Enjoyable walk on the low desert in late May.
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