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Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph Site - 4 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 26 2018
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
AZLOT69
Hiking5.12 Miles 825 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles
825 ft AEG
 
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Visit an old friend and further exploration.
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Oct 30 2015
AZLumberjack
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80 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2015
AZLumberjack
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Some rain drops were in the air to start the day so I thought I would go 'sploring' and the Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph Site sounded like a good one to familiarize myself with that surrounding area.... so off I went.

As Cottonwood Canyon Road joins Hwy 79 you pass through a large parking area where the OHV riders park their vehicles and trailers. Heading down the gravel road, I met a road grader scraping the ditches and road so it is maintained and smooth for several miles as it heads East towards the mountains in the distance. Lots of heavy truck traffic was encountered so I was glad the road was damp and not dusty.

Signs along the road indicate the land is BLM and states NO OFF ROAD DRIVING but I guess the OHV'ers can't read cause the desert is a confusing mass of trails. I missed a turnoff and ended up in the Mineral Mountain Mine property with KEEP OUT signs posted so I retraced my tracks until I found a road heading in the right direction, albeit much rougher. As I continued on, I finally came to some signs indicating LOCKED GATE AHEAD, KEEP OUT. I checked Route Scout and determined that I was on the right road to the trailhead, so I continued slowly.

After more signs and gates, I arrived at a ranch house where I inquired about the Petroglyph Site. The new owner of the ranch told me that access to the trailhead is no longer available as this is now private property and I have to retrace my tracks and get on the road on the other side of the mountain (Southeast of the old trailhead). This appears to be the Ajax Mine Trail which makes a large loop and would approach the Petroglyph site from the opposite end.

I drove down this road and quickly determined that this is no longer suitable for standard two wheel drive vehicles. Although I didn't have to switch into four wheel, a high clearance vehicle is mandatory. I finally ran into road sections that were washed out to the point that I didn't feel comfortable driving my Ford Ranger any further so my sploring comes to an end.

I never did make it to the Petroglyph Site but I now know that it's going to be a difficult site for future visitors unless they come in with an OHV or serious 4X4.
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All the trees are still holding on to their summer shades of green.
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Mar 12 2012
Charger55
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41 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2012
Charger55
Hiking15.00 Miles 211 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.14 mph
211 ft AEG
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From the flagpole off US60 it was a long, boring trek to Cottonwood Canyon that was highlighted by one notable encounter...

As I was approaching the gate on Reymert Road a large bull started to trot toward me. Seeing how he looked none too pleased with my presence I started bellowing "Go away, bull!" in the deepest voice possible. That only seemed to agitate him more. He was picking up the pace and he meant business. With barbed wire fencing preventing me from retreating into the desert I looked for another option. So I shimmied as close as possible to a palo verde tree abutting the barbed wire fence. That's when I heard the unmistakable sound of a rattlesnake below me. I took one giant leap back...and back into's harm's way of the bull! Now I was trapped between a rock and a hard place. Would I prefer being gored by a bull or bitten by a venomous snake? Quickly surmising the situation I took a small step closer to the palo verde tree and started rustling the bushes below it with my hiking pole. It agitated the snake enough to get him to rattle and the rattling scared the bull enough to cause him to retreat. I don't know if I'd recommend that plan in hindsight, but at the time the snake seemed like the more predictable, albeit equally deadly option.

Anyway, the petroglyphs in Cottonwood Canyon are alright. I'm not sure if they're worth the 15 mile walk. I went over to what Randal S. calls "Site B" and checked out some of the glyphs there too.
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Feb 15 2011
TheNaviG8R
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50 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2011
TheNaviG8R
Hiking1.00 Miles 211 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
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Dec 16 2010
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2010
AZLOT69
Hiking5.12 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.05 mph
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Did some further exploration of the area to include a few mine shafts.
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Nov 27 2010
CannondaleKid
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70 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,651 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.09 mph
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Our original goal for the day was the Coke Ovens near Cochrane. Knowing we would reach the limit of the capability of my CR-V long before the ovens we were prepared to hike a reasonable distance. However, that point came soon enough we were on foot much farther from the ovens than we would have time for. But no matter, we figured it would be more of a recon hike to be more prepared next time.

Shortly into our hike we came to a point above and across the wash from a large petroglyph site, and saw a group of rock crawling Jeeps slowly attempting to traverse the area immediately below and in front of the petroglyphs. We got a treat of watching (and getting on video) the trials and travails of the group. We took a number of petroglyph photos but when one of the Jeeps had a mechanical failure and ended up stuck, we headed out, planning on taking more photos once the area was clear.

Continuing along the Cottonwood Canyon "road" whenever we came to a point where the road would cross the wash we would decide whether to follow the wash or the road. Being such a nice day there was quite a bit of traffic on the route including rock crawlers, various stock and modified 4x4's, quads, rhino's and motorcycles. A few times on the way in and back out people would stop and ask if we were ok. After a few times I was almost about to say, "yeah, our Jeep broke down out by the oven's and we could use a ride out there." And then when they got us there we'd say "someone stole our Jeep!" and ask for a ride back to our "other" vehicle where it was parked. That way we could have gotten to our destination without a ton of hiking or ruining my vehicle. But as much as it seemed like a fun idea, its just not something I'd actually do.

When we came to a high point where a number of quad'ers were taking a (beer) break I noticed a glint on the hill behind them. So we headed up the hill to check it out, finding a group of seven gravesite/memorials. After taking photos of the whole group we looked around to see if we had found them all and saw a large pile of rocks. After a quick perusal of the pile we found a round tin that turned out to be a geocache. We opened it, signed the log, took nothing, left nothing then put it back in place. After a glance at the GPS to see how far it was to the ovens and taking in the view in the direction we'd have to go, we figured we'd gone enough for the day and headed back to the car.

On the return trip whichever route we had taken (wash or road) previously, we went the other way to find the easiest route for our next foray into the area. About halfway back to the car here comes the group of rock crawlers we saw hours before, ripping by us like they were on the way to a fire. I suppose if it took them that long to take care of the mechanical issues and get unstuck, they were well behind schedule. Thankfully when we returned to the petroglyph area not a soul was around and we had unfettered access to the petroglyphs for close-up photos. A short walk back to the car and we headed back out to 79, up to the 60 and east to recon the road out to the old Remert Mine for another future trip. We went as far as a gate to open to pass through then turned around and headed home, armed with enough information to plan 2-3 new forays into the same area.
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Dec 14 2008
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2008
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking3.11 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   3 Hrs      1.04 mph
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Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph Sites Trifecta

I took notice of AZLOT69's hike description and queried one of my hiking "buds" about his knowledge of rock art sites in the vicinity of Cottonwood Canyon. He had a petroglyph site marked on one of his topo maps just north of Cottonwood Canyon. This tip came from the "father-in-law of one of his daughter's boyfriends". Not questioning the source, Mike Mattes and I agreed at a recent Christmas function to journey into the BLM lands just south of Florence Junction in search of rock art.

Site "A" - We studied Mike's topo map in a local Starbuck's and agreed that we needed to travel about 4 1/2 miles east from SR79 along Cottonwood Canyon Road and then trek north about 1/2 miles until we reach the topographic high point along a ridgeline. Mike's map had "petroglyphs" penciled in along the length of this ridgeline. At mile 4.4, we saw a jeep trail heading north off of Cottonwood Canyon Road a decided to explore. We soon landed in Cottonwood Canyon Wash and tracked east hoping to find a path heading north. No luck, so we back tracked and soon found a jeep trail tracking to the north and east. At a high point we spotted our objective and continued until our jeep trail came to a cattle fence tracking north-south. Mike's Jeep passed through the cattle gate and onto a double-track trail following the east side of this fence until we found ourselves on the ridgeline at N33o12.192' W111o16.078'. An off-trail trek west to the high point yielded a plethora of petroglyphs, many marked by small yellow flags indicating a past archeological survey. GPS hiking distance was 0.54 miles.

Site "B" - A larger hill lay another 1/2 mile to the north surrounded by black basalt palisades we expected to yield additional petroglyphs. We continued north following the cattle fence line until we reached our target. A hike down into a wash and up the boulder strewn hill yielded some random weathered rock art until we reached two clustered sites on the east side. From our hilltop vantage the eastern slopes of Four Peaks appeared to be snow covered. Guess that Saturday night rain was snow in the upper elevations. GPS hiking distance was 0.71 miles. Here's a tip for accessing Sites A and B, when you reach the 2nd flag pole and cattle guard along Cottonwood Canyon Road near mile 5.0, the jeep road and cattle fence that traverses north-south intersects this location...

Site "C" - Per HAZ hike description. GPS hiking distance was 1.88 miles.


This was a 138 mile round trip with 3.13 miles hiking capped off with pizza and beer at the Garage in Gold Canyon. Perfect - except for the mild indigestion caused by the rapid 21 points put up by the Vikings against the Cards...
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Dec 07 2008
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2008
AZLOT69
Hiking1.88 Miles 211 AEG
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A return trip on the weekend met with very different results. A frenzy of activity of motorcycles and ATV's. A rock crawler at the petroglyph site. Two ways to look at it. If you are prepared for survival in case something goes wrong with your vehicle go during the week. If you want others around in case you need help go on the weekend. Personally any future trips by me will be on weekdays.
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Dec 05 2008
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyph SiteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2008
AZLOT69
Hiking1.88 Miles 211 AEG
Hiking1.88 Miles   2 Hrs      0.94 mph
211 ft AEG
 
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Full sun exposure on this interesting hike. Saw no one else the entire day but there was activity at the cattle ranch.
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