Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail

While the Alaska contingent were here for our daughter's wedding, we took them for a hike to Hieroglyphic Canyon. Spencer was studying Native American art in school, so this visit to a well known petroglyph site was a logical choice.

The trail head is a bit challenging to find at the end of the road north of the Gold Canyon community but the map link is in the right place.

The trail rises about 700 feet in a mile and a half to arrive at a pool. This time the creek was flowing. Often it's not. For the most part the trail is unshaded and can be quite hot. With two Search & Rescue members in the family, I'd get shot if I didn't mention TAKE WATER with you if you do this trip.

The trail has large rocks and is rough in places. There are a lot of petroglyphs on numerous panels across the creek from where the trail ends.

Much of the trail passes through a saguaro forest.

Many of the individual petroglyphs are similar in nature

while others are very different.

Any sunny morning hike in the Superstitions is best completed with lunch at one of the few In-N-Out Burger locations in the Phoenix area. The nearest is south of the freeway on Signal Butte in east Mesa.


  1. What treasures to be able to experience!!

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    1. They really are. In spite of being in a high traffic area, they're very clear.

  3. Spencer will probably appreciate his Native American art studies a lot more now that he has seen the real thing. How lucky the creek was flowing for you!

    I must be feeling a lot better because the pictures of the food have my mouth watering! :)

    1. So glad you're feeling better! In-n-Out is a California institution with a handful opened in Arizona in the past couple years. They taste like burgers should!