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Oatman Redux, AZ
mini location map2021-02-20
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Oatman Redux, AZ 
Oatman Redux, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2021
Hansenaz
Hiking3.91 Miles 539 AEG
Hiking3.91 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   1.05 mph
539 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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Return to the Oatman area of the Gila River. I think my more recent pandemic Saturday trips are more "outings" than hikes - just getting out of the house for the day hoping to see something new.

My plan was to check out the "edge" for petroglyphs. I've looked in the general area before but there are places I'd skipped and different "paths" along 1) the top edge, 2) just below the cliff bad at top, and 3) in the rock jumble along the bottom, show different things. I was pretty sure there was more to see.

I first checked a new section on top. I didn't expect much because it had been scarred by vehicle tracks (the pristine sections along the river are so much nicer), but I saw a couple formations that might be ancient. No glyphs though.

I went down to walk along the bottom edge of a section I knew had nice petroglyphs on the top cliff band. I saw an upside down petroglyph which I assume fell down from the top (the crumbling of the top-edge is obvious in many places). I headed up here and when I got near the top I heard some buzzing and simultaneously got a couple stings. Quick and undignified retreat which cost me some skin. Usually I hear the bees in advance and dodge them. Of course the fear is that a bunch of them will come after you, so I was lucky, but I can also report the stings weren't that bad.

Anyway after that I went up and down the big rocks on the hillside and found quite a few new (to me) glyphs. The pictures aren't great - forgot my favorite camera/phone but had my cheap super-zoom - and the light was tough.

Took the fast way back on the top past the Oatman massacre sign, and noticed the old Mormon Battalion track sign. The history here is deeper than I'd realized - apparently the Battalion built a wagon road up from the river to the basalt plain just 4 years before the massacre.
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