This “FAIRLY EASY” hike is named after the hundreds of petroglyphs found on cliffs of Hieroglyphic Canyon surrounding the pools nestled at the base of Superstition Mountains. The trail features a superb cactus selection including saguaro, several cholla varieties, ocotillo, hedgehog, prickly pear, and mammilaria. Of course, there are brilliant flowers all along the way too.
The trail is fairly short (3-4 miles) with only moderate elevation gain (570 ft.). 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. Allowing for time in the petroglyph canyon and pools for exploring and perhaps a snack, expect this hike to last 3-4 hours.
Here is a short article about the hike:
I have posted photos I took on previous trips to the Hieroglyphic Canyon at my shutterfly page:
and here is the link to photos posted from our previous atheist hike in April:
here are videos of the hike:
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: 3-4 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: fairly easy
Trail: gravel and rock
Elevation: [masked] ft.
change: 600 ft.?
Tailhead GPS: 33° 23’ 22.57” N, 111° 25’ 28.68” W
Entry fees: no
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions
How to find us: Meet at trailhead parking lot, or carpool location. (See directions below) …. If lost or late, my cell is[masked]-5945.
TO GET THERE… from Phoenix head out highway 60 toward Apache Junction and go about 23 miles past the 101 to the end of the freeway, and continue on 7 more miles and between mileposts 202 -203 go left onto Kings Ranch Road heading north. Kings Ranch Road is 14.1 miles east of Power Road for reference. There is a Walgreens at that intersection which can serve as a staging location to facilitate carpooling and/or creating a car caravan to the trailhead about 4.5 miles to the trailhead.
TO GET THERE… from Walgreens (at 60 & Kings Ranch Road) go 2.8 miles north to Baseline and then turn right (east) and go 0.2 mile and turn left (north) onto Mohican and go 0.4 mile and turn left (west) onto Valley View (naturally turns North, and turns into Whitetail Road) and go about 0.5 mile to Cloudview and turn right (east) and go about 0.5 mile to the trail head.
Google says this trail head is about 45 min. from the intersection of the 101 and 60, or a little over an hour from the intersection of 101 and 17..
To carpool or caravan: Please suggest a park n ride location to use…. Arrange with participants individually, using PAM email or comments at the event announcement page.
Following the hike: we will reconvene at Old Chicago at the intersection of Alma School Rd. and the Superstition Freeway 60 for rehydration etc.
Here is a link to the restaurant: