Vapor Visuals: Hieroglyphic Trail
Howdy vape fans! This weeks installment of Vapor Visuals takes us on a journey to Gold Canyon and the south side of the Superstition Mountains to hike the Hieroglyphic Trail. We check out some really cool Petroglyphs left by the ancient Hohokam Indians, who inhabited this desert region up to 1,500 years ago!
Opuntia engelmannii is more commonly known as ‘cows tongue cactus’ and is one of the most widespread of all prickly pear cacti.
The fruits of this cacti were a reliable food for tribes in this area, though now they are used most often as ornamental plants in and around homes.
This relatively easy hike starts in a free parking lot and is a round trip of 3 miles to see the petroglyphs. Great for a family outing or a quick jog with your favorite furry friend, seeing as both dogs and horses are allowed.
It’s a different kind of beauty than we’re used to in the Northwest. Going from dense thick forest, to grand open desert range makes you feel as if you’re on a different world. Each with a commanding sense of gravitas that makes you feel small in comparison to the environment around you.
Close to the top of the hike you are graced with a view overlooking Gold Canyon and the Gila River plain.
These etchings were mistaken by early European settlers for Egyptian hieroglyphs, which is where the trail name came from. However, hieroglyphs are a stylized picture used to represent a word, sound or idea in a writing system. Where as petroglyphs are carvings or etchings in rocks.
The trail ends at a small cliff overlooking smooth rocks around an aging stream-bed. There can be pools of water yearlong that get replenished once the the rainy season passes through. The majority of the petroglyphs are found on the far side of the stream-bed.
Though little is known about the Hohokam people, what we do know is that they were master canal builders. The canal networks they built are considered to be the largest gravity-fed irrigation systems built in the prehistoric New World!
Well vape fans, we hope you enjoyed this weeks installment of Vapor Visuals. I know I enjoyed getting out and exploring while vaping. Be sure to check out our home page to get yourself stocked up on juice for your next adventure. Don’t forget to follow us on all your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) to stay up to date on all your vaping needs and extras.
Until next time, vape on my friends!
Something to think about:
While hiking I noticed a decent amount of cigaret butts littered about what was otherwise, a beautiful public landscape. As I slowly pocketed the butts to throw away on my way out, I thought to myself that once again, vaping far outweighs the harm that cigarettes have not just on our bodies, but also our environment.