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Nov 27 2017
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Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2017
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Hiking3.50 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs      0.95 mph
555 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I finally made it up Siphon Draw!

No, not all the way up - what do you think I am, one of you in-shape locals?! :lol:

Our pasty Midwestern butts got, I'd guess, about two-thirds of the way to the basin, turning around just as the climb became truly challenging. Far enough to get a good sense of how the incredible formations of the Superstition front range close in around you and the Flatiron looms above as you ascend. (For those familiar with the trail, our turnaround point was just past the pair of rocks south of the trail that lean together to create an inviting little cave-like space.)

We'd started by taking Jacobs Crosscut south from the Treasure Loop to Siphon Draw, a welcome warm-up but I was itching to get up close to the mountains. The afternoon was overcast, perfect hiking weather but, sadly, less than ideal for showing off the landforms at their best. I was actually looking for the clandestine Palmer Mine turnoff, thinking we'd do an extended loop that way, but I must have missed it completely, or else it's further up the trail than I expected based on the descriptions. As it was, after descending Siphon Draw we hiked up Prospector's, where I did notice what I guessed to be the other end of the mine trail snaking in from the south. Then down Treasure Loop for a total route of about 3-3.5 miles,the final stretch graced by a typically spectacular Valley sunset and simultaneous moonrise over the Supes behind us. And we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a tarantula we narrowly avoided stomping on as it scurried underground!

I always say I will return to a spot, then when I get the rare chance to hike I always want to go somewhere new! But having finally made it to Lost Dutchman, I regret that my eagerness to experience Siphon Draw made us skip the first leg of Treasure Loop that goes past the Praying Hands. (On the way back tiredness and fading light made us take the faster way down, as it always seems to go with us; it was at this point I joked to Sid, "Hey, it's not full dark and we're not lost - we must be getting better at this!") It was such a thrill to get up close to this range I've been admiring from afar (and exploring from other locations) for years, it made me just want more!
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Nov 25 2017
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Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
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Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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220 ft AEG
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Nice to explore a new-to-me part of the Valley on a beautiful, hot Saturday. Wish we'd taken the "alternate" trail that leads down from the ruin site through the rock formations. We opted not to because the end of the trail isn't visible from the top, but it appears to lead back out to the road below the parking lot. Figured I'd mention it as other descriptions make it sound as though one must go off-trail to get among the rocks, but actually there is a well developed trail.
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Nov 27 2016
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Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
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Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
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200 ft AEG
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Camped here a few years ago, happened to be spring break so the campground and river were mobbed with families and kids. Nonetheless saw a couple wild horses in the distance while hiking up on the bluff next morning.
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Nov 26 2016
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Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2016
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Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
300 ft AEG
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Hiked from west trailhead to where the trail becomes a wash and heads up into the mountains, about 3 miles in, then turned around. The trail is very well maintained and cairned and I had no trouble following it up. Took a wrong turn on the way back and lost the trail for a while, but just kept heading in the right direction and scanning for cairns till I found it again. After the first mile or so the trail is not level but climbs gradually. I had total solitude on an overcast Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. This spot is much more beautiful and interesting than descriptions make it seem, glad I finally made it out there. The west trailhead has an outhouse and three sweet camp sites.
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May 15 2016
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White House Ruin Trail - Canyon de ChellyNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 15 2016
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Hiking2.50 Miles 500 AEG
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500 ft AEG
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Awesome!!! The crowds hardly mattered.
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Nov 25 2014
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Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2014
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Hiking3.60 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
960 ft AEG
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Thought 3 hours would be plenty of time for this hike - as usual, I underestimated our capacity for getting lost. Wasn't totally our fault this time though - the "cairn" marking the turnoff onto the cave trail wasn't so much a cairn as a rockpile with a dead branch on top of it. We only realized this, though, after we'd overshot the turnoff, started down a few false leads (the Monument Canyon trail is marked with cairns once you get past the Broadway Cave turnoff) and hiked into the entrance to Monument Canyon, to the ruined chimney and foundation of an old miner's shack. By the time we backtracked and found the right trail it was almost sundown. We started the scramble up to the cave anyhow, but about halfway we realized the steep slope with its loose rocks and at-times indistinct trail would be too treacherous in the dark. We got so close and realized it wouldn't be safe for us to go the rest of the way! Incredibly frustrating, but we did get to watch a great Valley sunset from high up on the mountain. On the way back I tried to reconstruct the cairn so it looks more cairn-like. By the time we were halfway back it was full dark, and even with headlamps we soon lost the trail in the sameness of prickly pear and brittlebush. Not too big a deal, we just kept heading southwest until we hit the subdivision fence, then followed it to the trailhead.

FYI, the "Trail" sign for Monument Canyon where it forks off from Jacobs Crosscut has fallen off - only the JC marker pointing left remains. Take the right, now unmarked fork.
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Mar 15 2014
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Cochise Stronghold Trail #279Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2014
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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Wanted to go here for years and finally did, but didn't make it to the highest point as I intended, as my partner wanted to turn back. A pity, as it seemed to get more spectacular the higher you went. It was especially cool imagining how Cochise's band hid out here and seeing how they could have used both the peaks and crevasses of the terrain strategically.
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Dec 26 2012
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Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2012
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Hiking4.80 Miles 337 AEG
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Hiked from First Water trailhead to Garden Valley, turned around at the ruin site in the middle of Garden Valley. Sun was setting behind the Superstitions as we hiked back, almost dark when we got to the trailhead. Beautiful area, can't wait to explore it some more!
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Sep 27 2012
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Puerco PuebloNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2012
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Hiking0.30 Miles 20 AEG
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This was an enjoyable hike on a paved surface to an interesting ruin, with wide-open views of the Painted Desert in the distance. In retrospect, wish I'd spent my brief time in the park hiking Blue Mesa, or one of the other areas where you can get close in amongst the desert formations.
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Lava Flow Trail (Bonito)Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2012
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Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.67 mph
50 ft AEG
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This is one of the coolest places I've ever been. The volcanic landscape is just astounding and otherwordly. Hard to believe the lava was deposited almost a thousand years ago, as it looks practically fresh. Wish we'd had more time to spend, but we arrived late in the day. Made for a spectacular sunset over the San Francisco peaks, though. First time in the Flagstaff area - hope to explore it a lot more in the future.
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Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2012
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Hiking1.50 Miles
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This hike is more challenging than it would seem from the length and levelness. It involves a lot of scrambling over uneven rocks that are loose and often wet and slippery, with no light except what you carry in. The hardest part is the cave entrance, where you drop down into the tube over a long, jagged rockfall. The warnings about being prepared are not to be taken lightly! Yes, it's cold in there, and I wouldn't want to try it in shorts and tank top - but far worse to try it without adequate footwear or dependable lights. On a Saturday afternoon in September there was a nonstop parade of teenagers, families, and boy scout troops in and out of the cave. Ordinarily this would have annoyed me, but I was actually kind of grateful as our headlamp batteries were unexpectedly low. I should've listened to the NFS and stocked up on fresh batteries! The cave once you are inside is pretty uniform and lacking in the dramatic features of a water-formed cave, but it is cool to shine your light around the arc of the cave roof and imagine how it was formed by a river of molten lava. The areas where the tube opens up into wide vaults were the most impressive. There are also some spots on the cave floor where you can see lava deposits. With the heavy traffic there wasn't much opportunity for the "total darkness" experience, but we did get to snatch a few moments here and there. It made a good companion hike with a visit to Sunset Crater NM, which we did later that day, thus getting to see the effects of lava both above and below ground.
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2011
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Hiking3.00 Miles 588 AEG
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588 ft AEG
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This trail made me wish I had the confidence in my route-finding skills to try some of the off-trail hikes in the awe-inspiring Superstitions. Even on a Monday afternoon we encountered kids, grannies, dogs, joggers, teenagers up to no good... But even the lack of solitude and the suburban sprawl creeping literally right up to the trailhead couldn't overshadow the majestic beauty of the mountains.

Plus, we have a strategy for beating the crowds on the trail: set out late, take your time, and complete the hike after sundown. OK, so this approach evolved somewhat by accident in that we are SO not morning people. But in my opinion early evening is the best time to be out in nature. The long rays throw the scenery into sharp relief, the rocks change color by the minute, and the critters come out. This trail is particularly ideal for a sunset hike, with the return trip featuring endless views westward across the valley and distant ranges. Even the city lights on the valley floor appeared picturesque under these conditions.

The area of the trail terminus features several especially interesting petroglyph panels, both ancient Indian pictograms and more recent markings, some of which seemed to us as though they could have been made by early Spanish explorers. And yeah, there's a fair share of latter-day graffiti too, but even this doesn't really bother me: after all, humans have been leaving their marks here for millenia, and it almost seems a natural (or at any rate quintessentially human) response to do the same. In any case this spot is all-around magical, with canyon walls towering above you, slick-sided pools that were filled with water after this morning's rain, and rocks to scramble over presenting a fun challenge at the end of this relatively straightforward trail.

Today's hike really made me understand how even a tiny bit of rain can just transform the desert. Everything seemed to pop, with vibrant greens all around. And then, just as we were returning to the trailhead, a large and loud chorus of coyotes struck up just over the first housing-developed ridges, leaving me with a glimmer of hope that civilization will lose in the end.
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Nov 19 2011
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Vault Mine - Josephine Saddle LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2011
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
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So... I *think* we did part of this trail today? We set out to hike the Carrie Nation trail, but never did come across the turnoff (unless of course we hiked right past it in complete oblivion, which is definitely possible). At the creek crossing where the map shows the Carrie Nation and Vault Mine trails forking, there was only one clear trail that I can recall and definitely no signage. Anyway, after the Baldy junction we just followed the signs toward Aqua Caliente saddle and went until we had to turn around due to fading light. We never did find any mines, but the trail, while definitely uphill, didn't seem "very steep" to me (and trust me we are wimps) so maybe we were on the Carrie Nation trail after all.

In any case, it didn't matter as we had a lovely woodland afternoon hike - and best part, once past the Baldy junction we had the trail to ourselves, despite it being a Saturday in Madera Canyon. The overcast day, chilly mountain air, and autummal mixed forest almost made me feel like I was back home in the Midwest - that is until we came upon a clump of yucca growing in the middle of the forest! Never will get over the environmental diversity of this state! Saw a mother-and-baby pair of white tailed deer right near the trailhead, and even a tiny trickle of water high up in the creek. Wish we'd had time to make the saddle as the views sound amazing. But the woods were magical in the fading light on the way down.
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Nov 17 2011
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Sears Point Petroglyph SitesSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2011
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Hiking1.45 Miles 95 AEG
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Can't seem to stay away from this magical site! Camped under meteor showers, then the next morning climbed up to visit the glyphs.
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Mar 23 2011
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Incinerator Ridge to Leopold PointTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2011
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Hiking1.30 Miles 300 AEG
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This delightful high-altitude hike was the perfect way to cap off our day on Mt. Lemmon. It encompasses a bit of everything the mountain has to offer: fragrant pine forest, eerie burn zones, dramatic rock formations, and of course, spectacular vistas in almost every direction (would be a complete 360 view except that Mt. Bigelow's summit blocks sightlines to the nw - but it hardly matters as it is at your back on the way out). There is just enough climbing to break a sweat (for me anyway), but on the whole it is my kind of trail - maximum payoff for minimal effort. The endless views of surrounding peaks and valleys, the desert floor beyond them, and about a half dozen other ranges in the distance would be well worth a much longer and more challenging trail.

The hike starts out along a ridge that is part forest, part burn zone, then takes a rocky descent into a little forested saddle, where for a moment you can imagine you are deep in the woods rather than up on an exposed ridge. Then you climb back up to the boulder-strewn knob that is Leopold Point. This is the only place where route-finding gets a little tricky. The trail seems to end where it deposits you on the left (east) side of the boulders. Don't give up! Rather, make your way through the boulder pile to your right - you will find that the trail continues on the other (west) side. The extra 100 feet or so of trail leads you to the true summit, where you can perch on the rocks and look down on Green Mountain with its dramatic rock wall, the rolling Catalina foothills, the Rincons beyond them, and the Santa Ritas, Pinalenos, and other several other ranges I couldn't name in the distance.

This area also appears to be popular for camping (there are a few established sites near the trailhead), and one could easily imagine the spectacular sunrise you could experience from the Point. I'd love to return in warmer weather and try sleeping there, maybe exploring the Knagge trail which breaks off to the east early in the hike.

A word about Incinerator Ridge Road (which was open) - it has a few spots that are *not* for the timid! Maybe it just hasn't been maintained in a while, but I couldn't imagine doing it in a low-clearance vehicle.
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Mar 22 2011
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Tanque Verde FallsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2011
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Hiking2.00 Miles 370 AEG
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This hike taught me that hiking shouldn't always be goal-oriented! The promise of the falls lured us, but despite rain the night before and recent reports of things flowing well, the lower falls were a pleasant trickle, while the upper falls were little more than a few wet spots on the rock (though you could see how the water at full force tumbling down the sheer rock wall must be impressive).

Rather, the real payoff of this hike is the gorgeous canyon that closes around you as you scramble up its creekbed. Had I been more aware of this starting out, I might have taken my time and enjoyed my surroundings and the challenge of negotiating the boulder-choked creekbed, rather than pushing to make the upper falls before we lost the light.

On the day of our hike the creek was little more than a series of shallow pools and small trickles. I've no idea whether this is normal for this site and season, or whether the water was unusually low. Not that this kept us from having to get wet in a few places - usually no more than knee-deep, but Sid did decide to wade right through a waist-deep pool at one point; I opted to keep picking my way through the rocks.

One thing I would note: If, like me, you have minimal bouldering experience, this hike *will* present you with challenges! Based on descriptions I read beforehand I was not totally prepared for the amount of scrambling, balancing, gripping, hauling, and at-times bewildering route-finding it would take to cover less than a mile of canyon floor. Perhaps it is easier when the water's higher? (But I can only imagine the challenge when the rocks are slippery!) Anyway, fortunately things mostly stayed at the level of "fun if unexpected challenge" for us, though there were a few scary moments. Forewarned, however, I would have allowed a lot more time for this hike, and probably taken more provisions: It took us a good 4-5 hours to make it back to the parking lot, and we hiked the switchbacks up to the rim in full darkness (lovely in its own way, with the saguaros silhouetted against the night sky and the near-full moon rising over the canyon rim). It would also have been nice to have time in the heat of the day to enjoy the pools and sandy patches on the canyon bottom - even at this early date the water was quite pleasant. I hope to return sometime in late summer/early fall to catch the falls at their peak!
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Nov 29 2010
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Painted Rocks Petroglyph SiteSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2010
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Hiking0.58 Miles 20 AEG
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The glyphs are very interesting in their profusion and concentration - the whole site is a small pile of boulders, many of which are completely covered in glyphs. However, the location was way too civilized for our tastes, surrounded by farms, power-lines, and RVs (the site has a large developed campground that seems to attract them). We checked it out for a half-hour or so, then moved on to the MUCH more awesome and remote Sears Point petroglyph site about an hour west - much more highly recommended if you have a high-clearance vehicle.
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Sears Point Petroglyph SitesSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
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Hiking1.45 Miles 95 AEG
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Fascinating, remote, totally worth the frequently treacherous 7 miles of dirt road through the desert (lots of potential sand-traps; high-clearance vehicle definitely recommended!)

The site consists of a series of black basalt mesas surrounded by sandy/rocky dry riverbed and palo verde-covered desert. From the trailhead there is a mesa to either side, and a sandy rise in front of you. No clear trails, but whatever route you choose it is easy to pick your way through the rocks. Bring a compass, or climb to the top of a mesa to see where you are.

Hiking straight up the rise from the trailhead takes you into a saguaro-studded "bowl" full of black volcanic rocks and surrounded by mesas.

To get close to the petroglyphs requires a brief scramble up one of the mesas. We avoided the one to the left (south) because of reports of beehives. The right-hand (north) mesa seems to have the most glyphs anyhow.

As you climb the north mesa, find your way around to the far side where you can walk along the ledge next to several petroglyph panels. A sort-of trail follows the ridge just under the mesa-top. From here it is easy to climb up on top, where you can walk for quite a ways, with amazing panoramic views of the entire site, surrounding desert, distant mountains - and few signs of civilization in any direction save a trailer here and there, and the freight-train line along the interstate to the south.

It is also easy from up-top to see the contours of the dry riverbed and imagine what the site might have been like with the Gila flowing through it, and how it would have been an obvious way-point for travelers following the river. Perhaps half a mile to the northwest is another volcanic mesa; we didn't hike out to that one but clearly it would be possible to spend hours exploring this incredible site.

We camped in the parking lot and had the desert to ourselves all night!(It is BLM land so primitive camping is allowed; campfires are restricted in the summer months, but a summer visit would be inadvisable as this is open desert with no shade.)

A note on finding the trailhead: it is actually a bit more than a mile that you have to double back along the I-8 frontage road until you come to the left turn at Ave 76E. There is a turn before this, next to what appear to be some old ranch ruins - don't take that one! 76E was signed. It deadends at the trailhead parking lot.
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Alamo Canyon - Organ Pipe NMSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2007
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Hiking2.60 Miles 135 AEG
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Easy hike in a gorgeous setting with interesting ruins. We were the only ones on the trail in the pre-sunset hours. You are basically hiking up a dry creekbed with small connectors to ruin sites. It is possible (though maybe not advisable) to continue up the creekbed a ways with a little boulder scrambling - in fact I went several hundred yards this way before I realized the trail had run out.
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