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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2009
tibber
Hiking6.00 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
588 ft AEG
 
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Another hike to check off of my list. I don't know why, but I thot this would be a little bit hard and not necessarily a real trail... but it was a real trail, with a real path and... a lot more people. And before you knew it, you were already at the Springs. Now what :?: Well we hung out a short while, took some pics of the trickle water fall, the glyphs, the massive amount of chupurosa that wrapped itself in a river-like formation down into the valley, and a gold finch couple. We tried to find the off-trail path that would take you up to Superstition Mountain but didn't find it. After reading some of the trip logs today, it seems were looking around the right side of the wrong rock formation. :oops:

It was a beautiful day and the brittle bush was really starting to bloom so Kat and I decided to venture onto the Lost Goldmine Trail for a few miles. Kat was trying her new backpack hiking boots so we only went in to the main wash area where there were lots of big trees and bees and hummingbirds. Before arriving there we saw what I called a six-cactus (like the Compass cactus or red cactus, 3 ft tall each) "friendship" ring that looked like they came all off of one root base. It was amazing as was the entire view that day. The saguaros are fat and happy to be sure. As we came back to the trailhead, we noticed these same red-cactus seem to grow in clusters around one area of the trail.

There weren't many people on this trail but there were a few horseback riders and one bike rider. We've definitely added it to our list to do the whole trail next time.
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