|when||Trip Report : January 16, 2021|
The Hieroglyphic Trail was last hiked by the club ten years ago, on Jan. 30, 2011, so
it’s definitely time for a revisit. This interesting and scenic little trail, tucked away
in the SW corner of the Superstition Wilderness Area, leads to Hieroglyphic Springs
and its extensive collection of petroglyphs. Total round trip length is 3 miles.
Option 1: We’ll take our time checking out the collection of ancient petroglyphs and then head back down the Hieroglyphic Trail and link up with the Lost Goldmine Trail, about 100 yards east of the Cloudview Trailhead. From there we start hiking east on the Lost Goldmine Trail, which runs parallel with the Tonto National Forest and Superstition Wilderness boundaries.
We’ll hike the Lost Goldmine Trail for 2.5 miles east to the Turk’s Cap formation and take a lunch/snack break near there, before turning around and hiking back to the trailhead. This will give us 8 miles of hiking for the day.
Option 2: For those hikers wishing to do a longer hike, in addition to the Hieroglyphic Trail you can hike up to the full six-mile length of the Lost Goldmine Trail, making for a total of 15 miles of hiking, returning to Cloudview Trailhead.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
Option 1: 8 miles—3 miles RT on the Hieroglyphic Trail and 5 miles RT
on the Lost Goldmine Trail.
Option 2: up to 15 miles, depending on how far you go on the the Lost Goldmine Trail.
Option 1: 3 to 4 hours.
Option 2: 4 to 7 hours.
|EC||Hieroglyphic Trail: +-650', Lost Goldmine Trail: +-230' elevation change|
|elevations||2085' (Cloudview Trailhead) to 2700' (Hieroglyphic Canyon)|
|type||round trip—two separate legs|
|on trail||100% — Hieroglyphic & Lost Goldmine Trails|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.|
|meet||8:00 AM at Cloudview Trailhead.|
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