Thunderbird LbNA # 15825
|Owner||CW Sun Seeker|
|Placed Date||Jun 14 2005|
This one is a short, easy hike - about 145 steps up a hill. The park has lots of picnic areas and trails. Dogs are ok.
The Great Thunderbird is an American Indian legend; they say the mammoth bird dwells in the mountains; when it comes out to hunt it stirs up violent thunderstorms in it's wake - lightning flashes from it's razor-sharp beak and thunderclaps sound from it's massive wing-beats. The Thunderbird dominated the sky, cloaked in thick, rolling storm clouds. The tribes have their own variation on the story. It devoured Killer Whales, swooping down to the water to pluck them up with it's great talons, or a small buffalo, or even small children. It is both feared and revered by the people.
From I-17 take the Pinicle Peak Rd. Exit and head west. Turn right into Thunderbird Conservation Area. (at the big curve in the road)
OR from Hwy. 101 take the 35th Ave. exit and go north to Pinacle Peak Rd. Turn left into Thunderbird Park. (at the big curve in the road)
From the entrance, go to the right (NW) and over the speed bump. At the next fork go left, then right at the stop sign. Then left and the next fork and on to the end. There will be a picnic area with a parking lot.
CLUES: To the right of side of the parking lot, away from the picnic tables, is a hill. There are a few zigzag trails that all lead to the top. Make your way up to the top, as can be seen from the parking lot. The trail will go on, but stop at the first "landing." Look to the right at the first large black rock with a broken tip pointing west. From this rock, look down the slope at 50 degrees for the lone Palo Verde Tree. The tree is about 25 steps away. The Thunderbird is hiding at the base of this tree. Please rehide well, making sure it won't slide down the hill.