An easy walk around box canyon at South Mountain Park for discovery of ancient native petroglyphs and social banter … but allowing for rock scrambling to find the reclusive petroglyphs. So take a stroll and/or climb some rocks.
South Mountain has literally thousands of Native American petroglyphs adorning boulders and cliff faces in nearly every corner of the park.
Most were made by the Hohokam who farmed around the Gila River and Salt Valley from around 1 A.D. to A.D. 1450. (About 20 thousand occupied the area between 1150-1450.) But some earlier examples by Archaic hunter-gatherers can be 2000 or so years old.
The rock designs were made by pecking into the rock surface, removing the dark patina-stained layer to reveal the stone's actual color
The most comprehensive presentation I know of is "Landscape of the Spirits"...Bostwick & Krocek. I'll bring it along.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last about 2- 2 ½ hours.
To see photos from our last trips go here:
For the asking, I have handouts discussing petroglyphs, geology of the area, and plant and animals we’ll likely encounter. Also I carry reference books for after the hike.
Distance: a mile or two TBD
Time: 2- 2 ½ hours
Difficulty: easy according to your preference
Trail: sandy packed dirt and/or rock climbing
Elevation change: negligible
Parking: big lot with restrooms
Entry fees: no
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions
How to find us: Meet at the parking lot (See directions below)… If lost or late, my cell is [masked].
To get there: To get there, take CENTRAL AVE. SOUTH all the way south past Scorpion Gulch, enter the South Mountain Park and take the first left onto Phoenix South Mountain Park Rd. and follow it to the parking lot at the end of the road.
IMPORTANT: Dont' go too far TAKE THE FIRST LEFT... it is only a few hundred feet past Scorpion Gulch which is just past the horse stables. After you turn left you will pass the "environemntal education center" (on your right) as you continue to the end of the road... about another 1000 ft.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must ontact others for arrangements. You could email members or post on this announcement page comments.
Following the hike:
We’ll reconvene at the renowned Los Dos Molinos for rehydration etc.