Posts Tagged ‘Superstition Mountains’

Petroglyphs in the Superstition Mountains

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

For 2,000 years, local Indians have carved a record of their lives on rock faces in the mountains.  They leave behind a legacy that is fascinating, yet hard to decipher.  We have seen great petroglyphs last year in Utah, now we have found some in Arizona.

The way to the canyon was rough and rocky but easily passable.  It would have been easier if it wasn’t so blasted hot, but then, this is Arizona…

The petroglyphs are in the canyon, uop ahead

It wasn't all smooth walking to get there....

Now we get to see some

You can see the relative size here

Lots of petroglyphs

A cave where Indians sheltered for centuries

Indians used these holes to grind their corn

Lots of these little buggers, all at ankle height!

A collared lizard watches us head back

Weaver Needle

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a hike in the Superstition Mountains that leads to a beautiful view of Weaver’s Needle.  This seemed like a good choice, but we never made it all the way.  It is a very technical and difficult hike, with big rocks and loose shale to contend with.  And the temperatures in the Arizona desert sun made for some high temperatures!

On top of that, I was feeling a bit out of sorts, and when things didn’t get better we decided to head back down.  Too bad, we almost made it: we turned around less than 1/2 mile from the Needle.  Maybe next time….

The view at the start of Weaver Canyon trail

Not exactly a walk in the park

Every valley is higher....

... and leads to yet another canyon.

Close to the top, a balancing rock

The view back down was spectacular

You never get tired of the scenery

On the way back we saw this unusual flower on a Cholla cactus

The Superstition Mountains are considered the most rugged in the country