Nine Mile the Third


Still right here.
Jan 17, 2012
I had planned on camping at Cliff Dweller Flat and hiking Eardley Canyon this weekend, but a 30% chance of rain scared me off. The long section of slot canyon in Eardley is no place to be during a storm given its huge drainage area. Instead, I slept in late at home and on Saturday morning made up my mind to hit Nine Mile Canyon once again. There were several sites I wanted to visit: some I'd seen from a distance on my last trip, some I'd gleaned from the internet, and others I learned of from a friend. At the very first site I hiked up to I encountered a small rattlesnake--I heard it before I saw it. The dogs had run past it twice before I realized what the sound was because from a distance it sounded more like an insect. I took the dogs down to the Jeep then hiked alone back up the talus slope to check out the petroglyphs. Funny--the main figure at this panel was a large snake.

A small midget faded rattlesnake at the first rock art site I visited

Snake and other petroglyphs

Tethered sheep petroglyph that seems to be a common theme in Nine Mile Canyon

Big feet

The next site was a very short distance down the road and there were quite a few good petroglyphs there. Many of them were obscured by mud or patina, though their original artistry was still evident.

Large, horned human figure

Shield figure and sheep

Mud-covered petroglyph

Mud-covered petroglyph with life-sized hands

High petroglyphs

Figures holding sticks and shields

Two shields

Large, weathered petroglyph

I passed up on hiking to a few sites that I saw and just photographed them from the road on the way to my next destination. The next stop held a few pit houses and some great petroglyphs. My favorite was a large elk that had some lichen growing in its peck marks.

High, distant petroglyphs photographed from the road

Petroglyphs on private property near Argyle Canyon

Pig Head Rock

Semi-circular alcove with petroglyphs very high above the canyon floor

Pit house remnants

Side canyon

Abstract figure

Two snakes

Snake and bison(?)

Sheep with pronounced hooves

Fingers, toes, and fairy dust

Large elk

Lichen growing in the peck marks in the elk's body

Snake and canine(?)

Sheep with funky feet

Human figure behind a large stone slab

Again, I stopped for some panels that I noticed from the road. I finally found the Santa and Reindeer Panel that was impossibly high on a cliff, though I think I figured out how to get up close to it--something for another trip! I also scrambled up to some granaries and wonderful white snake pictographs that I spotted during my last trip.

Lots of dots

An interesting panel, but heavy winds and rain kept me from getting a closer look

Santa and his reindeer

Dots and wavy line

Pit house remains below some granaries

Remains of two granaries

High granary

Pit house remains

High alove with white snake pictographs

White snake pictographs

My last stop was at the Family Panel. I had been ridiculously close to it last time but didn't spot it then. This time I had some info from a friend that helped me find it. The dogs were tired of being cooped up in the Jeep--luckily some clouds had moved in and made it possible for me to leave them there safely--and I drove home while consciously trying not to spot more rock art.

Horned spiral snake

Figures near the spiral snake

Family Panel

Pictograph near a Boulder

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Sweet. Lifetime worth of stuff up Nine Mile, I think.

Love the last one BTW :twothumbs:.

Those are awesome. I need to get out and explore a little down that way.
Is everyone else getting a server error when they try to click on your picasa album link? That's the second one it's happened to me on today... :(
Is everyone else getting a server error when they try to click on your picasa album link? That's the second one it's happened to me on today... :(
It works for me in two different browsers (Chrome and Firefox), both logged in and not.
wow what a trip! More glyphs than most people see in a lifetime.......even those that look for them.

And BTW, the picasa site works fine for me in normal Chrome.
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