McGee Canyon is a rocky little defile on BLM land, that incises itself deeply into the ridge that is the western edge of Frying Pan Canyon. It heads west for less than a mile before joining the much larger arroyo that is dammed by Starvation Draw Dam # 3. Coming at it from the west we crossed creosote flats, climbed a few mounds, eased in and out a couple of large arroyos, and stepped over another road as well. It is not maps as far as I can tell. Where it starts, I can't say.All the while we kept a line toward some cliffs that we took to be the entrance. At the mouth of the canyon was a large juniper, and there were more further up the stream course as well. There was also the high dried grasses of last summer, and much scrub oak, which were further indicators that water lingers in this canyon and that it may even have seasonal springs. We all speculated that in times past perhaps China Draw and Starvation Draw themselves had, if not perennial flow, then extended seasons of surface flow. Which may explain why this place was attractive to ancient peoples.
We found an old mine with blue-gray tailings that had hardened like cement, a " cave" made from 3 massive boulders leaning against each other, grinding mortars, and of course many petroglyphs.
What we did not find was the icon for this site: the large Sunman, a humanoid with a small head, large eyes and a rectangular spiral for a body.
We were a little pressed for time on this day, but this is really neat place so I feel that a return trip in cooler weather is highly probable. On the hike back, the clouds that had been keeping us cool departed, and the temperatures rose to the predicted low 90's. The pleasant breeze turned into a steady west to east wind, that blew my sombrero off over and over. Happily, we didn't have all that far to go, and we all made it back to the truck in good shape.
NOTE: The case could be made that the art at both of these sites is less abundant and perhaps lacks the craftsmanship,artistry and imagination that is so apparent at both Pony Hills and Frying Pan Canyon,but their proximity makes it easy to visit all four with two different hikes. China Draw can be seen by extending a visit to Pony Hills( or vice versa) perhaps just a little more than a mile, and very short loop hike could allow one to visit both Frying Pan and McGee Canyon.