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Towhee Trail - Spur Cross, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,316 feet
Elevation Gain 6 feet
Accumulated Gain 6 feet
Avg Time One Way 5-10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.22
Backpack No
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Maricopa Trail - Anthem to CCRP to Spur Cross
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:32am - 5:44pm
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Nearby Area Water
Metate Trail - Spur Cross
Metate Trail - Spur Cross
0.2 mi away
0.8 mi
75 ft
Tortuga Trail - Spur Cross
Tortuga Trail - Spur Cross
0.4 mi away
1.2 mi
154 ft
Mariposa Hill
Mariposa Hill
0.5 mi away
2.4 mi
230 ft
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
0.5 mi away
24.5 mi
3,950 ft
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
0.5 mi away
9.5 mi
1,657 ft
Black Mesa - Cave Creek
Black Mesa - Cave Creek
0.5 mi away
11.7 mi
3,100 ft
Skull Mesa - Cottonwood Creek Loop
0.5 mi away
17.1 mi
3,500 ft
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
0.5 mi away
12.0 mi
2,850 ft
Skull Mesa Ruins
Skull Mesa Ruins
0.5 mi away
16.6 mi
3,884 ft
Spur Cross Loop
Spur Cross Loop
0.5 mi away
5.5 mi
600 ft
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by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
This is a short spur of the Metate Trail that hugs Cave Creek.

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 hiking 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.
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.

Permit $$
Spur Cross Conservation Area $3 per person

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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. Pay the fee 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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