Arizona Hiking Gallery
Massacre Grounds Trail Hike
Superstition Wilderness, AZ
January 1, 2016
Gallery contains 21 photos
Gallery last updated: 5/3/2017

This was a just short exploratory ramble along mostly the new portion Massacre Grounds Trail to just inside the Superstition Wilderness boundary. The trailhead for the Massacre Grounds Trail has been moved to the Crosscut Trailhead since my last visit to the Massacre Grounds in April 2008.

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A signature features of Chain-Fruit Cholla or Jumping Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida) are the long, hanging chains of fruit.

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An Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) waves its long slender canes in front of a patch of Engelmann Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii) with Four Peaks on the distant horizon.

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A mound of Strawberry Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii) will bloom with large bright pink flowers in late spring.

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The headless Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) haunts the area near the lower end of the Massacre Trail.

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A patch of Engelmann Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii).

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What out for those spines on Engelmann Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii).

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Chain-Fruit Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida) below volcanic formations in the Superstition Wilderness.

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Lichen lends a green tone to a rocky outcropping. I'll stroll up there to take a closer look around.

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Lichen covered rocks.

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Close up of lichen.

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Coarsely textured boulder.

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Lichen making a home on this coarsely textured boulder.

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All sorts of nooks and crannies up on this hillside.

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There must be some interesting geology behind this.

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Rock outcropping and a view into the Superstition Wilderness beyond.

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More lichen.

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A male Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens) perches hign in mesquite tree.

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Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea).

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