Arizona Hiking Gallery
Massacre Grounds Trail Hike
Superstition Wilderness, AZ
January 9, 2016
Gallery contains 38 photos
Gallery last updated: 5/5/2017

I've returned to the Massacre Grounds Trail this time to hike out to the Massacre Grounds in the Superstition Wilderness to visit the waterfall out there that only flows after a good rain. We've had a decent storm a few days before that drop some rare desert snow on the higher peak around and some much needed rain in the lower elevations.

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I'm headed that way, to the Massacre Grounds.

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cyclindropuntia bigelovii) frames the snow covered peaks and ridges of Four Peaks rising just above the lower desert hills of the Superstition Wilderness.

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I love the contrast of snow covered Four Peaks against the desert hills fronted by Chain-Fruit Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida).

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A leafless Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) centers this desert landscape. The Ocotillo will drop its leaves in dry conditions and will leaf out with bright green leaves after a good rain.

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A look back at a volcanic formation as the Massacre Trail makes its way up a canyon.

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I love this photo for the contrast of the buff colored stone hills on the left, the white of snow covered Four Peaks in the center, and the dark colored shadowed hill on the right with a wonderful blue winter sky above.

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Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha).

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A relatively young Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea).

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A close look at the spines of the Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea).

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And yet an even closer look at the spines of the Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea).

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Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha) in the center and Engelmann Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii) on left and right grow among lichen covered rocks.

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Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha).

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Finally the waterfall at the Massacre Grounds has come into sight. And water is falling! A rare sight in the desert.

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Five old flower stalks of Desert Spoon or Sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri) rise above the desert scrub with the Massacre Grounds waterfall visible in the upper left.

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Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri).

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Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri) growing among lichen covered rocks.

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A wider angle view of the Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri) growing among lichen covered rocks showing the hills and rock formations in the background.

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A view looking back toward pinnacles of the Superstition Mountains and into the valley beyond.

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Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri) below rock formations in the Superstition Mountains.

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Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha).

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Close up of Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha) core.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall. Bear with me while I indulge in a few waterfall shots. Any flowing water is exciting for a desert dweller! A desert waterfall is a real rarity!

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall with the Superstition Mountains towering above in the background.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall.

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Massacre Grounds waterfall. Ok, this is the last waterfall shot, I promise.

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I'm hiking in cloud cover shadows hoping to break out into the sun to warm up. But the sun/shadow line seems to be moving in the same direction.

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Cloud covered Superstition Mountains

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