The parking area is large.  It's usually empty, but today there were 4 vehicles there including mine.  The road to the trail head is very rough.  I would only go out there in a high clearance vehicle (4wd is not necessary, though).
During most of the hike, the Superstition Mountains are in the direction of the sun, so I didn't get many pictures of them.
Near the beginning, the trail goes past this large pointy rock.  It will show up in a lot more of my pictures today.
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I'm already gaining a little altitude.
The trail goes around to the left.
It rained earlier this week.  There is still a lot of water around.
The trail crosses this stream several times.  Normally, it's dry.
The big pointy rock is receding in the distance.
There are a lot of hoodoos in the Superstition Mountains.
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This area is very rocky.
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This part of the trail is easy to follow.
The trail, and my shadow.
A glimpse of Four Peaks in the distance.
Soon I will be above that cliff.
I'm well above the pointy rock now.
I think the desert is beautiful out here.
There are a few puddles of water around.
Even with the cairns, the trail is harder to follow here.
The black streaks on the cliffs are where water is flowing.
The trail goes over bare rock, which makes it hard to see.
Looking back towards the valley.  That's the Goldfield Mountains in the distance on the right.
Far above the big pointy rock.
An agave flower stalk and Four Peaks.
I could hear this water splashing.  I didn't hike all the way over to the waterfall, though.  You can see a video of this waterfall at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtMQi1h0yZU
Cliffs abound out here.
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That bump on the horizon is Weaver's Needle  This is not a good point from which to view it.
A sotol flower stalk and Weaver's Needle.
Sotol and agave in the foreground.
That's an unusual rock formation.
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All the other hikers have left.  I have all this to myself!
Sotol flower stalk and Four Peaks.
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A rock in the trail, shaped like a broken heart.
Almost back to the big pointy rock.
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Saguaro sentinels.
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I like the way these rocks look.
One last shot of Four Peaks as I get back to the truck.
Massacre Grounds Trail
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2008-12-21 03:44 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 5.71 km
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Tags: Photography, Hiking, Landscape, desert, hike, photographs
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I've been on this trail several times. I wanted to do it again today so that I could map it with my i-gotU. It's in a low resolution area of Google Maps, so I can't see the trail with that. Now I finally know exactly where this trail goes.

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The parking area is large. It's usually empty, but today there were 4 vehicles there including mine. The road to the trail head is very rough. I would only go out there in a high clearance vehicle (4wd is not necessary, though).
IMG_2508
During most of the hike, the Superstition Mountains are in the direction of the sun, so I didn't get many pictures of them.
IMG_2509
Near the beginning, the trail goes past this large pointy rock. It will show up in a lot more of my pictures today.
IMG_2510
IMG_2511
I'm already gaining a little altitude.
IMG_2512
The trail goes around to the left.
IMG_2514
It rained earlier this week. There is still a lot of water around.
IMG_2515
The trail crosses this stream several times. Normally, it's dry.
IMG_2516
The big pointy rock is receding in the distance.
IMG_2519
There are a lot of hoodoos in the Superstition Mountains.
IMG_2520
IMG_2522
This area is very rocky.
IMG_2523
IMG_2525
This part of the trail is easy to follow.
IMG_2526
The trail, and my shadow.
IMG_2527
A glimpse of Four Peaks in the distance.
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Soon I will be above that cliff.
IMG_2529
I'm well above the pointy rock now.
IMG_2531
I think the desert is beautiful out here.
IMG_2533
There are a few puddles of water around.
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Even with the cairns, the trail is harder to follow here.
IMG_2535
The black streaks on the cliffs are where water is flowing.
IMG_2536
The trail goes over bare rock, which makes it hard to see.
IMG_2539
Looking back towards the valley. That's the Goldfield Mountains in the distance on the right.
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Far above the big pointy rock.
IMG_2541
An agave flower stalk and Four Peaks.
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I could hear this water splashing. I didn't hike all the way over to the waterfall, though. You can see a video of this waterfall at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtMQi1h0yZU
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Cliffs abound out here.
IMG_2548_6_7
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That bump on the horizon is Weaver's Needle This is not a good point from which to view it.
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A sotol flower stalk and Weaver's Needle.
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Sotol and agave in the foreground.
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That's an unusual rock formation.
IMG_2563_1_2
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All the other hikers have left. I have all this to myself!
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Sotol flower stalk and Four Peaks.
IMG_2574
IMG_2580
IMG_2584
A rock in the trail, shaped like a broken heart.
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Almost back to the big pointy rock.
IMG_2586
IMG_2587
Saguaro sentinels.
IMG_2588
IMG_2590
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I like the way these rocks look.
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One last shot of Four Peaks as I get back to the truck.
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