Why do I know it's 4.17 miles? I fired up my new Christmas present to me, my Garmin Etrex Vista HCx GPS unit. I read a little of the manual and knew some very basic info; enough to start and save a track. Once I get my maps loaded, I will try
and load the track to HAZ.
My goal on this hike was to see if you could travel all the way up the creek bed from the Jewel of the Creek/Dragonfly to the western side of the Spur Cross Trailhead where it crosses the creek for the first time. I can't remember
how we got side-tracked from that goal and instead followed a drainage to meet up with the first branch of the Spur Cross trail as it goes up the hill heading south to meet up with the Tortuga/Dragonfly.
The part of the trail that goes through the burned mesquite area (east of the creek) is actually part of the Jewel of the Creek loop that hooks up with the Dragonfly. But instead of taking the loop we decided to go up (north) the creek; especially since it's pretty well dry. Like I said, we got away from the creek and ended up following a drainage and when we tried to get back to the creek we ran into the fence for the private property in the area so had to follow the drainage.
I thot we would hook up with the western Spur Cross Trail as it comes south down the hill (after you've gone around the bend) and passes by a drainage area ...it may have but we opted to head up and south on the Spur Cross Trail that we had stumbled across. It's relatively easy hiking through the drainage bed and provided some very nice scenery.
When we got to the Dragonfly junction at the creek, we went north instead of south this time. It is very scenic too as you walk through many different eco-areas and hook up with the Jewel of the Creek trail where there are a couple different places to cross over to the east side of the creek. We took the path north to the creek bed where we had initiallly been at the beginning of the hike. Such a great day in the neighborhood!
This is the first time in a long time that I've posted my log and photos ONLY 1 day after the event.