|when||Trip Report : February 3, 2018|
|Trip Report : March 29, 2014|
|Trip Report : March 19, 2011|
|Trip Report : February 14, 2009|
|Trip Report : April 2, 2005|
|Trip Report : December 9, 2000|
“Oh, no! We’re cliffed out in every direction but west, and renegade
warriors are attacking us from the west! If we can’t hold out, the mules carrying
our saddlebags of gold will be lost! What are we going to do, Capitán?”
Fast-forward to the 21st century. The Massacre Grounds are peaceful now. They offer awesome views of the wilderness northeast of the Superstition Mountains. You can see the Massacre Grounds from the Apache Trail highway: a tilted mesa nestled up against the east side of the towering Superstitions. The way looks deceptively smooth, as if you could just casually walk up to the Massacre Grounds, or so they thought.
History and legend come alive as we hike from Jacob’s Crosscut Trailhead to the historic and highly scenic Massacre Grounds! On the way we’ll enjoy the spectacular rock formations, vivacious Sonoran vegetation and wildlife north of the Superstition Mountains.
Then on the way down we’ll bushwhack over to the Massacre Site Rock, which the fleeing Peralta miners reached, but didn’t leave.
This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny, pages 124-131.
|EC||+-1200' elevation change|
|elevations||2117' (Crosscut Trailhead) to 3082' (Massacre Grounds)|
|on trail||70% — Massacre Trail up, abandoned dirt road and Crosscut Trail down|
|rating||"C+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||7:30 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.|
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