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 Mesa NE
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Distance Round Trip 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,726 feet
Author HAZ Hikebot
Descriptions 12,256
Routes 10,499
Photos 17
Trips 1 map ( 0 miles )
Age 18
Location Arizona
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Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
11  2014-12-08 jameslcox44
10  2012-04-23 jameslcox44
11  2011-01-17 ASUAviator
5  2011-01-16 LittleKnee
8  2006-11-25 AZLOT69
Trailhead Forecast
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Forest Tonto
Wilderness Four Peaks
Seasons - Autumn to Early Spring
Dogs not allowed
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This page is open to authors as a full hike in or by kayak/boat access to Skull Cave as marked on 1975 topo.

See Skeleton Cave for the historical massacre nearby.

Pg 243 Ferg/Tessman Essay Barnes states that Apache Cave was the name used until around 1919, when the name was changed to Skull Cave by Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR), for publicity purposes. Apparently upon the completion of the SPRR's Bowie-to-Globe track, the term "Apache Trail" was unilaterally applied to what had been known for years by locals as the Tonto Trail. A professor Abner Drury of Berkeley, California, was hired by SPRR to "reconstruct" place names (which would appeal to travelers), resulting in brand new names usurping the historical ones, and the institutionalization of any number of romantic tales about what had supposedly occurred at those places. Skull Cave is the site's name on 1937 and 1975 USDA Tonto National Forest Maps, as well as the 1964 "Mormon Flat Dam, Ariz." USGS 7.5-minute map... In Spite of originally having been called Apache Cave, and being officially rechristened and still shown on maps as Skull Cave, the majority of non-Yavapai writers discussing the site in recent years have been using "Skeleton Cave," and the name recorded on the National Register of Historic Places is "Skeleton Cave Massacre Site".

    Directions
    Map Drive
    Sun5:59am - 6:52pm
    Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
    RoadStrictly 4x4
    Permit $$
    None

    Forest
    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    Directions To hike
    Boating from the dock at Canyon Lake, travel up the Lake for about 5 miles.
    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.
    How To Put Out a Campfire
    A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.
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