|Pinhead Pictograph Portrait!|
Finding it on Google Maps is easy. Finding it in reality is a bit more difficult because the roads have no signs and they criss-cross a lot. Without my GPS and some waypoints I'd entered ahead of time, I would not have found the right road to the trailhead. If you go, take a GPS and make sure you know what roads you should be taking. It will not be obvious once you are there.
The trail is well-maintained and going down it quick and easy. The descent is about 2,000 vertical feet over about 3 miles. The canyon is pretty without being gorgeous.
GPS is also very helpful to know where to look for these pictographs. They don't jump out at you. They are on the left (north) side of the wash, under an overhanging protective sandstone lip. Here's a picture of the location.
|Shaman Gallery is under that overhanging rock in the center.|
|The main panel of Shaman's Gallery|
|Ghostly Cactus Figure|
|Sunshine captured in art 3000 years ago|
|Detail showing they painted ON the sandstone: |
pictograph, not petroglyph
|View of the wash. You must hike all the way out of this canyon. |
Long ways up.
Gordon's hike rating:
Road Difficulty: ★★★★★ Horrible: No directions, some big rocks and deep ruts
Hike Difficulty: ★★★ Moderate 2,000 foot elevation drop and then climb
Trail Condition: ★★★★ Good
Trail Hazards: ★★★ Moderate: Elevation gain, loose gravel
Trailhead: Tuckup Canyon
Time Required: Most of the day
Distance round trip: 6 miles
Off the Beaten Path: ★★★★ Yes, 4 Stars
Scenery: ★★ Fair, 2 Stars
Photographic Potential: ★★★ Good, 3 Stars