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Feb 26 2018
SteveHall
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Blythe Intaglios, CA 
Blythe Intaglios, CA
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2018
SteveHall
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The Blythe Intaglios consist of 6 Geoglyph figures in 3 locations near Blythe California. There is a human figure at all 3 sites and animal figure at 2. You can drive pretty close to the sites, and with a short walk you will reach these wonders. There is a parking area and opening in the fence at 2 of the sites. The 3rd site is not marked and you have to find it on satellite to figure out where to go. All the sites are surrounded by fences, but please respect the sites and do your best not to drag your feet or to make any marks in the Desert Pavement.
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May 13 2017
SteveHall
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Picture Canyon - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2017
SteveHall
Hiking1.00 Miles 30 AEG
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Did a tour hike lead by some organization through part of Picture Canyon a couple weeks ago. This canyon has been going through a restoration process and looks pretty good. It also smells pretty good considering the water comes from the waste water treatment facility. This was a beautiful but very windy day in Flagstaff, though if you have ever been to Flag I am guessing you already new that. The canyon has several petroglyph sites and some pit houses as well. The waterfalls aren't too shabby either. Whatever group was leading the hike (sorry I can't remember their name), did a great job pointing out glyphs and explaining the history of the canyon. Definitely a lot to see and only a few minuets from the Flagstaff mall. I will have to do some more exploring here.
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May 10 2017
SteveHall
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Arnett and Telegraph Canyons, AZ 
Arnett and Telegraph Canyons, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2017
SteveHall
Hiking7.43 Miles 1,063 AEG
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Arnett and Telegraph canyons.

This was a very scenic hike in the Superstition Mountains. We got a little of track at first, but quickly found the correct rout. We had planed to do a 7.5 mile loop trail, but then decided to explore more deep in the canyon instead of hiking out and along the rim back to the car. So we ended up doing around 5.5 miles.

There sure was a lot to see, snakes, birds, Gila Monster, beehive, interesting rock formations, Metate boulder..... We wanted to continue on to check out Picket Post Mountain, but it was getting late so we headed back. A goal for next time.
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May 04 2017
SteveHall
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2017
SteveHall
Hiking2.10 Miles 150 AEG
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Pueblo La Plata is about 10 miles from I-17 into the Agua Fria National Monument. When you first arrive and start down the trail, you would not know there was a ruin there if it weren't for the signs. It just looks like a big mound of dirt from a distance. Once you reach the base of the ruin you the first thing you are likely to spot are pot shards, a lot of them! There were several rocks where previous hikers had set a collection of shards, and yet there were still thousands of pieces covering a large area around the ruin.

The ruin itself is 80 rooms and most of the walls are pretty well intact with nice corners and doorways. Though the whole thing has been taken over by weeds and plants. It is located a ways back from the edge of the canyon on both sides and has views in all directions.

I followed a side trail (if you can even call it a trail) over the right canyon and enjoyed the view for a few minuets. Just as I was turning around to head back up the trail some shapes caught my eye. A few feet from were I was standing were a few boulders that had some very faint petroglyphs on them. These were carved deep, and were nearly the same color as the rest of the boulders so I figure they are quite old. The hardest one to see was a foot print on the far left side of the panel. After finding this, I think to my self there have to be more like this, so I start hiking along the ridge with my eyes on the boulders. After 3/4 of a mile or more I couldn't find any more glyphs, so I headed back toward the ruin. This time I just walked straight through the knee high grass hoping I didn't come across a rattle snake. Just about 20-30 yards before reaching the ruin I come to a small boulder with more glyphs on it. Glad I stumbled on these two glyphs by accident. I am sure there are more in the area, but there were so many boulders, it would take a while to search them all. Maybe next time I will find them.
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Apr 06 2016
SteveHall
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Spur Cross Tortuga Dragonfly, AZ 
Spur Cross Tortuga Dragonfly, AZ
 
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The main objective for today was to head back to a petroglyph site and see if I could spot any that I had missed the first time. I started off early, arriving at Spur Cross at 6:20 AM. The glyps are just off Dragonfly trail, but I wanted a little more challenging hike so I headed over and did the Tortuga loop first (unfortunately no Tortoise sightings, but I did spot a Jackrabbit). The Tortuga loop ends right at Dragonfly. After getting to the petroglyph site I was able to spot a few extra glyphs, but not as many as I had hoped. It was still a great hike despite the wind. I was surprised that I didn't see any other hikers till I got back to the Parking lot.
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Apr 03 2016
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Elephant Mountain Fortress, AZ 
Elephant Mountain Fortress, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2016
SteveHall
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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This was another guided hike with Kevin (the Ranger at Spur Cross) to the Elephant mountain Fortress. Today was the last guided hike up there until Fall.

You Start off at the Spur Cross Trail head and take the left (west) trail. You follow Spur Cross Trail until it breaks off to the left where intersections with the Tortuga loop. Follow the Tortuga Trail from there until you come across the Elephant Mountain Trail. The Elephant mountain trail breaks left and leads you down into the wash. This part of the trail is steep and would be a nasty fall. There are some steps that were put in by the Boy Scouts a few years back, but it is still steep and you should be careful. Once down in the wash keep an eye out for cairns to mark the way. After going in and out of the wash a couple times you start to head up the mountain. This is also a steep part of the trail with loose rocks. The trail leads you up and over the trunk of the elephant about 500 ft below the summit. As you reach the top of the trail and are on the back side of that cliff face, look up to your left. Here are the remains of a big fortress wall used by the Hohokam people as look outs and defensive positions. There are supposedly Several of these spread through out the state. They are set up in a way that they could signal each other with fire and smoke. There is a trail that switch backs its way up to the wall. This spot gives you some outstanding views. The trail then starts down the other side of the mountain until it reconnects with the Spur Cross Trail, and you can head back to the parking area from here.

Overall an interesting and challenging hike. Highly recommend it.
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Mar 31 2016
SteveHall
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2016
SteveHall
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,657 AEG
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Went up to Chalk Canyon today for the first time. It was a beautiful day with light clouds, a cool breeze (got real windy for about 20 min), and the creek is still running (barely). The trail gets a little rougher outside of Spur Cross, but not too bad. There are a few creek crossings, so a little bit of boulder hopping is required. I followed the trail till just past the iron gate and started to see the petroglyphs right away. I spent about 20 or so minuets Looking for glyphs in that area. I found quite a few Metate there. Right below this big boulder with 3 Metate ground into it was a Gila Monster. I startled it and it got defensive. luckily I was able to pass.

Now it was time to scale the steep hillside. This is where the fun really began. This was not easy folks. Going up and back down pretty much took all my energy. Going through a few thorn bushes and stepping on a few unstable boulders, I finally made it to the top. The climb instantly became worthwhile as I started to find some really interesting glyphs which led me to the ruins. As with most (if not all) of the ruins in the area, these were a bit overgrown. There are a few walls that are in pretty decent shape though. I spent about 1 1/2 hours from heading up the hill to getting back to the trail. When I finally got back to the trail that Gila Monster was sitting right in the middle of the dang thing. I had to slowly follow it for about 5 minuets before it got off the trail.

If you are looking for a hike in the area, but want something a little more difficult than most of what you find in Spur Cross, I recommend this one. Please be respectful and don't touch the petroglyphs.
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Jan 30 2016
SteveHall
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Spur Cross Petroglyph Tour, AZ 
Spur Cross Petroglyph Tour, AZ
 
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SteveHall
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We took a guided tour this morning to a few of the petroglyph sites in the Spur Cross Conservation area. I found out about the tour on the Spur Cross section of the Maricopa Parks & Rec website. They do a few different hikes every month. This is led by the Ranger and takes you both on and off trail to some of the sites. The description on the website says "Moderate" for the hike, but really it is pretty easy and straight forward. Some of it is off trail though so be careful and watch out for cactus. Also wear shoes you don't mind getting a little muddy if the creek is flowing. The petroglyphs are a mix of Hohokam and Archaic. Take a real good look because some of the glyphs are very old and hard to see. Please do your best to not touch the glyphs. Over all a fun tour with good info and a chance to see some neat Rock Art that you wouldn't get to see just hiking on the trails.
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Jan 24 2016
SteveHall
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Spur Cross to Elephant Mountain Trail, AZ 
Spur Cross to Elephant Mountain Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
SteveHall
Hiking7.00 Miles 856 AEG
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We started at the Spur Cross Trailhead Just above the parking area. They have done some trail work and added a couple of porta potties so they charge $3 a person to enter the conservation area. The Spur Cross trail splits at the trailhead with one going NW and one going NE. We took the NW trail. At 0.3 miles just after we crossed the creek (it is running right now) the trail breaks left as we pass the Metate trail. Soon after we passed the Metate trail there is an old building foundation on the right. After 0.4 more miles we passed the first intersection of the Tortuga loop and the trail starts to zig zag. 0.8 more miles until we reached the other intersection with the Tortuga loop. We then followed the Tortuga loop North (the trail gets a little rougher here) for 0.5 miles where we reached the Elephant Mountain Trail. After 0.2 miles the Elephant Mountain trail Breaks left and starts down a fairly steep hill. There are some old wood steps in this part of the trail. We then found our self in a wash which we would follow a ways before heading up toward Ringneck Spring. We decided to turn back at this point. After backtracking to the intersection of Spur Cross trail we decided to take Dragonfly trail down to the Jewel. Somewhere in the first half of the 0.9 mile section on Dragonfly to the creek, there is a basalt rock to the right of the trail with an old petroglyph. Keep your eye out for it when coming from the North because the face is more toward the south (my Father walked right past it). When we reached the Jewel there was lots to see. More trees grow along the creek here and it is just a great place to rest if you need to. We came across a cave on the left of the trail as well. Dragonfly trailhead isn't far from here. It was a real nice day and a fun hike. Next up will probably be to summit Elephant Mountain.
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