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An OK hike down a dry wash to some very good petroglyphs.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

5,385' 1,641 m

High

5,103' 1,555 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

281' 86 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Historical Significance

Never closed. Not sure on land management, but this is not FS or BLM land.

Driving instructions: From NV Hwy 445 (Pyramid Way), go east 1.6 mi on Calle de la Plata. Turn right on Valle Verde Dr. Go 0.2 miles, turn right on Agua Fria Dr. Go 0.5 mi, turn left on Molina Dr. Go 0.2 mi and veer right on La Mancha Dr. Go 1.9 mi and veer left on Pyrenees Dr. Go 0.2 miles to hairpin turn and park on right road shoulder. Cross road to TH. It's simpler than it sounds...Last mile or so is gravel.

Need to Know

No restrooms or drinking water. There is no signage at the trailhead nor any trail markers. But the way is obvious as you proceed down the trail.

This is in a desert setting. Other than a couple of juniper trees there is no shade and it will be very hot in the summer. Always be sure to pack more water than you normally need for a 2-mile hike.

Description

This is a 2-mile out-and-back hike along a (usually) dry stream bed. The trail follows the stream bed and crosses it often. Footing is rough in places with loose rocks, and there are a couple of places where you may need to use your hands to scramble a bit.

Not a hard trail, you just need to exercise some caution. The trail quality slowly declines the further you go down the stream bed. The trail is braided in places, which is more obvious when hiking back out. After a rain there may be pools of water you'll need to rock hop to cross.

The first petroglyphs are about 1/4 mile from the trailhead and visible from the trail. They are located on rock faces above you to your left. There is a use trail to get closer to them.

The main petroglyphs are in three panels about 0.65 miles from the trailhead. They are on your right where the trail turns to the left, so you can see them straight ahead of you at eye level and slightly above. The trail after that is just for exploring, I did not see any more petroglyphs. Return the way you came in.

Please do not touch, make rubbings from, or otherwise disturb the petroglyphs. Just leave with memories and pictures.

Flora & Fauna

Typical fauna are birds (many quail) and lizards. You may see signs of coyotes and wild horses at pooled water or under the junipers.

Shared By:

Mark -with-a-K

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Juniper tree on trail.
Sep 30, 2023 near Spanish…, NV
Petroglyph panel
Sep 30, 2023 near Spanish…, NV

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