White Mountain Wilderness, Petroglyphs

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I went to the Three Rivers/White Mountain Wilderness today.

Here is Sierra Blanca from about twenty miles straight distance or thirty driving to the campground.

I stopped at the petroglyphs and then went to the wilderness area to hike. Animals were not to be found. I saw a bird and heard coyotes. No bears, bear tracks, or other animals. A hunter I met said he had seen some deer and small elk.

There is a full time attendant at the wilderness campground. He lives there. He has the best job in the world. He said he as been there 15 years.

I have not been able to repair my camera yet but a friend gave me his old camera. It is 6mp but my pictures are for the web so that is good. It 10x optical zoom and some nice features. My old one made better movies.

The air was hazy so the landscape photos aren’t very detailed and more distant mountains aren’t visible. It used to be clear a lot. I might have stayed to see the Milky Way but the milky air would have hidden it.

East on Three Rivers road.
East on Three Rivers road.
West on Three Rivers road.
West on Three Rivers road.

About 10 miles east and I’ll be there. 5 miles is not paved. I think there is more pavement than there used to be.

A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.
A petroglyph.

I
stopped at the petroglyph area on the way in. These were made by Indians. There are thousands of them in this area. There is a campground, an attendant, rules, trails, and a fee to park there. It is too civilized now. I parked by the road and walked in. With more and more people here I can see that too much traffic and bad behavior is a problem. More people equals less freedom.

Much of the land around here is ranch land. I might ask some of the ranchers or land owners for permission to hike on their land.

Snow
Snow

There was snow on some high slopes.

On the dirt road.
On the dirt road.

Four miles to go on the dirt road.

River
River

Then I traveled to the campground next to the wilderness area. Here is the stream near there. I hiked to the North to see one of the other rivers.

Shod horse track.
Shod horse track.

There were many horse tracks.

Cliffs.
Cliffs.

My view during lunch. What was your view like?

Vista.
Vista.

A view to the west from the wilderness. The distant mountains are roughly 30 miles from here.

Rock Texture.
Rock Texture.

I went to Goat Canyon. There was no water there. Maybe it flows during the Spring melt. These rocks were interesting.

Sunset
Sunset

Here is the sunset.

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One thought on “White Mountain Wilderness, Petroglyphs

  1. Excellent panorama’s. Wish I were there on the hike with you through the petroglyphs. Weather looks fantastic.

    Its been a long time since I was back at the Three Rivers Wilderness campgrounds (can’t believe its been 30 yrs!). I’m sure its changed a bunch since I was last there.

    Sounds like you need to get into the forest service and find yourself a post like the ranger you met there.

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