HIKE the HIEROGLYPHIC TRAIL (Superstition Mountains)


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.?


Parking:       lot

Tailhead GPS:  33° 23’ 22.57” N, 111° 25’ 28.68” W


Entry fees:   no

Dogs:            ok



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 THEREfrom 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 THEREfrom 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:


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  • Kat Hula P.

    I tried to upload photos, but it didn't work. I'll try again.

    November 13, 2011

  • Kat Hula P.

    It may have taken nearly a week for my arthritis to quiet down, but it was really worth it to go hiking with such a wonderful group of people. (Tiger, thanks for the great conversation walking up and back.)

    November 13, 2011

  • Al T.

    Beautiful Day.. everyone enjoyed the experience.

    November 6, 2011

  • Kat Hula P.

    That was a beautiful hike. I will be feeling it in my knees & hips for a few days but it was worth it. Thanks to everyone who made it an enjoyable day, sorry we couldn't join you for lunch afterwards. Maybe next time....

    November 6, 2011

  • Kat Hula P.

    Wow, made it here early. Waiting at trailhead for the rest of the group.

    November 6, 2011

  • Will C.

    I'd love to go back to this place - it's been several years - I wonder if I can get a ride from anyone in the east valley. I'll buy gas!
    let me know at [masked]. Thanks

    November 3, 2011

  • Kat Hula P.

    Do yours sound like fresh Rice Krispies too??? I have had arthritis since I was 18 (ok, it was there before, just never Dx'd) mostly in my spine, but it's in the hips & knees too. But I still love to get out to photograph wildlife and scenery whenever I can!

    October 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    yea, tell me about the knees...lol

    October 31, 2011

  • Kat Hula P.

    This sounds like a lot of fun. If I can make it, depending on my knees, I will bring my son and a friend's son.

    October 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    just please keep the price for supper cheaper than sedona, i know that chad? paid for my meal but the menu there was too expensive for me even if i had money. this month i MAY have 50 dollars to streatch the month. but i am also in other groups and do stuff.

    October 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    um, i would like to go to this hike also, do you think that same nice gentlman could give me a ride again if he goes or if not at least catch a ride with someone, i will have prob. a little money this time since its begining of the month...lol

    October 30, 2011

  • Al T.

    10am is a mistake left over from last spring... I have deleted it.

    October 28, 2011

  • Karen

    Hi Al, believe it or not I plan to finally make a hike! I'm confused though on the time. I see that you'll be at Walgreen until 10 am. What does the 9:15 time at the top of the page refer to?

    October 28, 2011

  • Mike V.

    If I am able to attend, I will be traveling from southwest Phoenix (near Avondale and Tolleson). I am VERY new to the area and would prefer to carpool it all the way out there. Would anyone be interested in meeting at 8am so we can drive there together and be there by 9am?

    October 27, 2011

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