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Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking14.60 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.67 mph
1,500 ft AEG      52 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Road Trip Day 12

Before we get into the details of this hike, one recommendation; Wear Long Pants. This trail goes through a lot of "Razor Weed" (at least that's what I call it), it is rough weed that will trash your ankles and shins after a while of hiking through it. We were lucky enough to have long pants handy, so we put them on before starting the hike.

Also the "Big Panel" isn't at the tip of the Table Rock as I assumed. Please check out the pictures I have uploaded, and I have identified where the Big Panel is. I spent quite a bit of time and energy looking for this and almost missed it; you don't want to miss this it is fantastic. The official route takes you down to the river bed crossing past the Big Panel and ends there. I have uploaded my route that will get you to the big panel.

On with the hike:
The hike meanders along the valley floor roughly following the arroyo (ie Gulch). The trail doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic and due to the weeds, it seems that how easy the trail is to follow may vary year to year based on the traffic it sees. However it really is near impossible to get lost on this trail since the cliff walls are on one side, and the Gulch is on the other side.

As you are hiking, keep an eye out for overhangs, and faint trails that go to them; Likely there is pictographs to be seen, some better than others.

At just over 6.5 miles into the hike you should go up a small hill and from this vantage you can just make out the "Big Panel" and see a pictograph using binoculars, but you really need to know where to look. We assumed the big panel was at the tip of the Table rock but it isn't, it at the large overhang South East of the tip of table rock. However, there are more rock art to the North of the tip of Table Rock if you want to check that out.

I can't really describe the best way to get to the "Big Panel" since we did hike all around the area to the North, West and South before stumbling upon the panel to the East. It might be that you should actually pass the panel and drop down in the streambed then, go back east to get to the panel since the gulch is about 15 foot deep for most of the hike.

After we checked out the big panel we headed east towards the gulch and eventually figured out how to get over to the other side to the proper trail.

There is a great assortment of rock art on this hike and the big panel is something to behold. I'm kind of surprised more folks haven't been here, although it is a rather long hike to the Big Panel.
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