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Hieroglyphic Trail - Superstition Mountains Wilderness Area - February 11. 2017 (photo by Bob Leeper)
Hieroglyphic Trail – Superstition Mountains Wilderness Area – February 11. 2017 (photo by Bob Leeper)

Last weekend I hiked up into the Superstition Mountains’ wilderness area, on the Hieroglyphic Trail; but approximately 1,500 years before my journey, ancient native artists, believed to be from the Hohokam tribe, were there creating petroglyphs that told stories of amazing hunts and incredible creatures.

Nestled into a rugged canyon that resembles a huge natural theater, complete with seats of stone, there is a wall of boulders covered with etchings that leave curious hikers in awe, speculating about the wonderful stories that inspired their creation.

Yes, these works of ancient art are petroglyphs (rock carvings), not hieroglyphs (characters of ancient Egyptian writing), which the early pioneers mistakenly believed (no doubt an early case of “fake news”). #TheMoreGlyphsYouKnow

The Hieroglyphic Trail shares a trail-head with the Lost Goldmine Trail which is located on the outskirts of Gold Canyon in the far East Valley. [Google Map].

This three-mile (round-trip) hike is one of the Valley’s “best known” secrets, so if you are interested in making the trek my recommendations are to go at morning’s first light, because: a) Cooler temperature; b) There’s a high potentiality for an awesome sunrise; and c) You’ll more easily get a parking space and avoid a lot of other hikers.

(NOTE: Don’t park along the road in front of peoples’ homes – you will be towed and in for a much longer hike than originally planned.)

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