Squaw Canyon, Superstition Wilderness 2-2012

Squaw Canyon Superstitions 2-2012
June, Connie, Judy backpacked Once again out to investigate another canyon in the wilderness. 46 degrees perfect hiking weather. & decided to go in from Canyon Lake Trail head as it would be less crowded. I had not been in from this direction for years so it was time.

We always went down La Barge Creek in the past, but do to the trail being so well define on trail #103 Boulder Canyon Trail we decided to take this route. A long exposed trail up & over the mountain so was glad to get to the creek with brush & some shade. The scenery is always breath taking with Weavers in the distance & Battleship Mt.  We stopped off at Indian Paint Mine to take a few pictures & continued on. Water was running nice & clear at 2nd water, but Boulder Creek was dry, it had snowed the week before so was a bit surprised not to see the creek running  in places only pot holes had mossy water. But you could see the land was enjoying the bit of moisture, the poppies, sqoripine weed, vetch, even the lupine were starting to bloom. I love this area with all the boulders, shadows & vegetation & less people do to them not liking rock hopping. We made camp below the Malapais Mt for 2 nights as this was the place we were going to investigate. How wonderful the shadows were in the evening as it looked bright yellow, we had a glimpse of Weavers from camp, pots of water up canyon. The first evening were down in the low 40’s but by the 3rd day we had ice on the water bottles, but quickly warmed up. Squaw Canyon was interesting as it’s the back side getting up to Peters Mesa. Found the trail up the canyon the following day which took a large part of it. We only came across 4 backpackers in the 2 days that we had camped. All so very interesting & none from AZ. Squishy “Mike” from Alaska, Carl from San Diego, which had extreme amount of knowledge of the Sierra’s so will be helpful when we take a week or more this summer out to Calif & a father & son from Maine & Mass, they were here to do a week trip to scout out the area. This was a 20 mile week end, & was not ready to go back as there is so much to scout out. We ended our trip at Canyon Lake bar & grill.

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  1. I’m posting here because I see that your hiking group has made at least one trip to Squaw Canyon in the Superstition Wilderness. Perhaps you can provide answers to some questions I have concerning that specific area and another box canyon nearby. My questions arose after reading “Peralta Stones Maps”, a five-part series of web pages, authored by Robert L. and Lynda R. Kesselring.

    First, please follow this DesertUSA link to the Summary page:


    Then, scroll down the page until you see the photo that is captioned: “Marsh Valley Red Bluffs Contains Post 18; Discovered by Charles Kenworthy”. The authors write:

    “Post 18 was discovered by Charles Kenworthy on the northern slopes near Marsh Valley and Squaw Valley in a cave that contained a two-room house. They gained access via a chimney. They observed it contained many mining tools, firewood, pots, etc. However the main entrance had been sealed. A sealed Post implied to us that the Peraltas were nearly ready to depart when the battle began. The photo of the site includes a dark triangle in the hills above. It is another cave with rooms built into it.”

    In the photo, I see a roughly circular opening of considerable size that looks to be the entrance to a cave. It is not marked on my topographic map. Its exact location is at the end of Squaw Canyon, about halfway up the slope.

    If your group exited Squaw Canyon by climbing up and over the box end, you should have seen this cave when passing by it. Does it have a name? Did you notice if the entrance is accessible by climbing up to it? Can you refer me to a source where I can find some detailed information about this cave?

    That concludes my questions about the cave in Squaw Canyon. Now, please refer again to the Summary page at DesertUSA. Scroll down to the photo captioned: “A Possible Match to Jacob Waltz’s Story about his Mine — 33°28’54.53″N 111°22’0.46″W”. Read the text on the page immediately above and below the photo.

    This photo shows a rectangular pit dug into a narrow ledge below a cliff face. From the coordinates, this ledge is located on the east side of a relatively short, but steeply terminated box canyon located immediately west of Squaw Canyon. Your group passed by this no-name box canyon on your way to Squaw Canyon, but I doubt if anyone in your group gave it any notice. The pit, most certainly, is not visible from below, and it might not be visible from directly above. It is worthy of some investigation, and if you could recruit some people to explore it and come back with some close-up photos, I’m sure the trip would make interesting reading. Any mining activity should be readily apparent.

    If I could do the exploring, either solo or as part of a two-man team, and had to backpack into the area, I would plan to do a simple photo recon trip first, simply to ascertain if the ledge is accessible without climbing equipment, and to take photos from the best vantage points. If, by chance, the ledge can be easily reached without risk of injury, just by walking down to it on the first trip, I would carry some flares to illuminate the inside of the pit, and get a rough idea of what it holds. Based on that first look, I would plan a second, extended trip, if justified.

    While you’re looking at the photo of the pit on the ledge, notice the rocks piled in a linear fashion, much like low walls, on the right side of the photo. That is another specific area worth some investigation.

    I’m not a Dutch hunter, just someone who has done some solo exploration in the past, including places off-the-trail in Arizona. I believe the Lost Dutchman Mine has a basis in fact, but I’m inclined to think that it was rediscovered and plundered long ago. Its rediscovery was kept secret for reasons that should be obvious.

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