|Hiking||10.85 Miles|| 4 Hrs 57 Mns || ||2.19 mph|
|2,347 ft AEG|| || || |
From the Seven Springs TH, Cave Creek Trail #4 counter clockwise to Skunk Creek Trail #246 to Cottonwood Trail #247 to #4 and the TH.
When I hike this one again, I'll do it clockwise. It's just so hard to talk yourself out of the river bed for that first 4.5 miles.
As mentioned in other triplogs, pay little attention to the mileages on the signs. The loop described is easy to follow and in good shape for the most part. There are portions of the Skunk Creek trail that get rocky.
This is a great little hike. The creek was a flowin', the little waterfalls along the way always sound good, and I have my eye on a great little swimming hole for later in the summer. The flowers are still doing great in this area. I saw a lot types I had not seen before. The first 4.5 miles along the creek is more or less flat actually loosing about 400' and is protected in many places from the sun. Once you make the turn on Skunk Creek #246, this changes with a pretty good climb of 1100+ feet in 2 miles. Both the Skunk Tank and Quien Sabel Springs were flowing strong.
||Wildflowers Observation Moderate
|“Celebrate your success and stand strong when adversity hits, for when the storm clouds come in, |
the Eagles soar while the small birds take cover.” Unknown