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 Phoenix NE
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Difficulty 0.5    Route Finding
Distance One Way 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,316 feet
Elevation Gain 6 feet
Avg Time One Way 5-10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.22
joe bartels
Descriptions 198
Routes 559
Photos 8,093
Trips 2,437 map ( 12,748 miles )
Age 44
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
47  2014-08-04
 Cottonwood Spring Loop -
 Nightstalker
10  2014-03-19
 Limestone Trail #252 - Sp
 AZ Wandering Bea
12  2013-12-21
 Spur Cross Loop
 winotron
24  2012-12-09
 Limestone Trail #252 - Sp
 kingsnake
47  2012-02-16
 Metate Trail - Spur Cross
 Outdoor Lover
20  2011-11-25
 Black Mesa - Cave Creek
 The Eagle
1  2011-05-09
 Metate Trail - Spur Cross
 trekkin gecko
3  2008-03-20 joe bartels
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Backpack - No
Seasons - Autumn to Spring
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0.2  Metate Trail - Spur Cross
0.4  Tortuga Trail - Spur Cross
0.5  Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
0.5  Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
0.5  Black Mesa - Cave Creek
0.5  Skull Mesa - Cottonwood Creek Loop
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Flora
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Exhausting
by joe bartels

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Overview: This is a short spur of the Metate Trail that hugs Cave Creek.

Hike: This short spur is well signed on both sides mid-way into the Metate Trail. Surely it was designed to hug Cave Creek increasing the walk-along-views...

From either end it practically turns into a tunnel of flora. Wild cucumber takes over in the early spring covering everything in it's path. I'm not kidding either. It covers full mesquite trees, prickly pair patches and even makes a run on the saguaros. The density and height just seems impossible being on the fringe of the sonoran desert. I've seen some wild cucumber on hikes but this stuff puts the rest to shame.

If it wasn't so incredible you might complain that pretty much all creek views are blocked. There is a glimpse on occasion. Just not what you'd expect for a trail likely designed for creek views. The name of the trail suggest it was built to admire birds, perhaps Canyon Towhees.

Due to the shortness of this hike you might consider doing a couple laps! In season, you really don't want to miss out on the Metate Trail section it bypasses.

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One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.

Directions Preferred Months Jan Feb Mar Nov
Preferred StartEarly Sunrise6:36am Sunset5:49pm
Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
Fees / Permit
Spur Cross Conservation Area $3 per person

Directions
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To Spur Cross Trailhead
I-17 North & Exit 233, which is SR-74 the Carefree Highway. Head east on Carefree Highway 9.9 miles to Cave Creek Road. Head North on Cave Creek Road 2.6 miles to Spur Cross Ranch Road. The road jogs a bit here but you go 4.0 miles to the parking lot.

It is a well-graded dirt road. As it nears the parking area, the road leads past a large green house, through a tall gatepost and past a corral. There is a large signed parking area. Along the road about 75 yards northeast of the parking area, there is a self-pay station and a small informational kiosk with rudimentary maps. The fee is $3 per person and carry the stub with you.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 35.8 mi - about 57 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 144 mi - about 2 hours 26 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 133 mi - about 2 hours 10 mins
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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