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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.49 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,013 feet
Elevation Gain 394 feet
Accumulated Gain 653 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.67
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Quien sabe peak loop
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Quien Sabe Peak
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Rustic 7 Springs Ride from Bronco TH
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Seven Springs Inner Loop
9  2017-01-08
Quien Sabe Peak
17  2015-12-06
Quien Sabe Peak
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Skull Mesa Loop
32  2015-01-11
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
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Quien Sabe Trail #250
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I did the Seven Springs Inner Loop as a scouting trip for a point-to-point hike that I'll be doing later in December. I was not familiar with most of these trails, though after starting, I realized that I had been on Cave Creek #4 and Skunk Tank #248 before.

In any case, I decided to do it in a CCW direction, specifically:

Starting from Cave Creek TH, I went south on Cave Creek #4, south on Cottonwood #247, south and then west on Skunk Tank #246, south on Quien Sabe #250, east and then south on Skull Mesa #248, east and then north on Cottonwood #247, and, finally, north back to trailhead on Cave Creek #4.

The short section of Cave Creek #4 was straightforward, though it was cold starting off. I was feeling sluggish from not sleeping well the night before - one of our cats woke me up shortly after falling asleep. It was cold enough that I saw frost on the ground.

Cottonwood #247 crosses Cave Creek; fording the creek was easy, but I (initially) missed the spot where it headed uphill out of the creek. There was a sign and there were cairns; I just wasn't observant enough. #247 headed uphill for a while which warmed me up and got me to feeling better.

Soon thereafter, I was at the intersection with Skunk Tank #246. There was even more hiking uphill along this stretch, but it felt good because even more cobwebs were cleared away from my brain. It started looking familiar to me and I realized that I had hiked here many years ago.

Quien Sabe was scenic and easier to follow than I expected. I only referred to my GPS watch once to find my way back to the trail after a side path led me the wrong way.

Skull Mesa was probably the most fun due to the challenging route finding. I probably wouldn't have been able to figure it out without the GPS track. That said, there were cairns, but they weren't spaced closely enough to be able to walk from cairn to cairn. I think that cows might have grazed this area in the past, because there seemed to be an abundance of faint trails. I would follow one for twenty yards or so and then check my watch to see that I was off route. With the aid of my watch, I'd get myself back on route, sometimes finding a cairn along the way. I'd proceed a ways further along a likely looking path (or sometimes just wandering across the desert along no path), get off route, get back on route, etc, etc.

After a while of doing this, I found myself on a hillside wondering if the trail followed the contour that I was on - which sort of looked like a trail - or headed downhill or even back uphill. I consulted the map on my phone and found that it went downhill. When I got to the bottom, I located a well trodden trail and wondered how I ever missed it. That said, the trail wasn't visible from where I had been on the hill.

The Skull Mesa Trail started heading steeply downhill w/ switchbacks. Route finding got easier here, but the footing was less certain. I used both hiking poles to make it down some sections. The views were absolutely stunning here.

When I got to the Cottonwood Trail, I expected the going to be easy due to that section now being part of the Maricopa Trail. Shortly after leaving the intersection with the Skull Mesa Trail, the Cottonwood Trail entered Cottonwood Creek. The trail is routed to repeatedly cross the creek, going in a fairly direct fashion through islands of brush and trees. It's somewhat overgrown in this area, which means some amount of bushwhacking if you actually intend to follow the trail. I did two bushwhacking sessions between creek crossings before deciding to just walk in wide open dry creek bed. This was somewhat longer, but was a lot easier and quicker too. I suspect that it added somewhat to the overall distance that I hiked that day.

The Cottonwood Trail left Cottonwood Creek and went over a ridge. Soon thereafter, it crossed Bronco Creek and, shortly thereafter, I came to the intersection with the Bronco Trail. I continued on Cottonwood #247, walking in Bronco Creek for a while. The trail then headed up high the right (east) bank for a good while. I got slightly confused at the point where it turned to go up the bank because there was another path which continued onward for a short way lower along the bank. But, once I got up high on the bank, #247 was easy to follow.

It eventually headed back downhill and dumped me into Bronco Creek. Once in the creek, I checked the track on my GPS watch and saw that I (somehow) should have been high on the left (west) bank at this point. There didn't seem to be any obvious way to achieve this from where I was, however, since the bank was very steep and also densely vegetated. In retrospect, I should have probably backtracked south along the creek to figure out where the trail crossed over, but I didn't... Instead, I continued northward in Bronco Creek, keeping an eye on the diverging track that my watch showed. Shortly before reaching the Cartwright Ranch boundary, I noticed a faint trail heading up out of the creek; better still, there was a 247 trail marker! I headed up the faint trail and, after some amount of bushwhacking, encountered a much better trail, which I took to be the newer and rerouted 247 trail that I should have been on. This diversion undoubtedly added a bit more distance to my route.

At this point, it was fairly straightforward to get back to #4, and from there back to the trailhead. I did mess up slightly after getting back on #4, probably due to fatigue.

I really enjoyed this hike; winter seems like a good time to do it. I brought two 3L water reservoirs with me and drank about 4L of the 6L that I brought. The only water that I saw (that could be filtered) was in Cave Creek. There were a few spots in Cottonwood Creek which were damp. It may be that digging a short ways would have yielded water.
Quien Sabe Trail #250
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We wanted a moderate hike relatively close to town. We set our sights on Cave Creek. I remember FOTG posting a hike to Quien Sabe Peak and thought it looked fun. The drive to the TH took about an hour and we were off.

We decided on a CCW loop with Quien Sabe Peak. The first few miles flew by as we hiked along Cave Creek. This is a really nice stretch of trail. From there we made the climb up Skunk Tank Trail and saw some wildflowers blooming. There were several patches along this stretch.

From there we connected on Quien Sabe Trail and then headed off trail for the peak following FOTG's route. The going was slow as we fought dense vegetation with a mixture of sharp cacti. Our pace was really slow through here. Along the way we found a ruin marked with a cairn. It's a pile of rocks in the shape of single building. I found a few pot shards. FOTG would like this but not many others. :) We continued on and hit the peak where we took a break and looked over the route. I had Joe's route in which they drop off the west side of the peak. This would significantly shorten the off trail portion. We decided to give this route a go and were glad we did. There's a variety of game trails and the vegetation is light. We were back on trail within 30 minutes.

Once back on trail we flew back to the trailhead completing the loop. This hike took more effort than we anticipated. I'm really glad we got it done. Take the western route you'll save some time and effort.

Patches of wildflowers blooming at the higher elevations of the Skunk Tank Trail
Quien Sabe Trail #250
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Skull Mesa Loop
It's been far too long since I've hiked out of Spur Cross. Especially since I live so close to it. There was a 70% chance of rain on the day, and with rain for two days previous, Cave Creek was sure to be running decently.

7:30 in the morning, and we were the first vehicle in the lot. We kept our feet dry by rock hopping the 1st and 4th crossings and going off trail to bypass crossings 2,3 5 and 6. I'd forgotten how steep it was in sections of Cottonwood #247 trail, just to get to the steeper Skull Mesa #248 trail. It was a temperate 55 degrees, but I was wringing wet and glasses fogging up from all the humidity.

Once on top of Skull Mesa, we made our way on the Skull Mesa "Trail" to the east side. The western portion is cairned and easy to follow. The eastern portion, not much to follow there. Still the rain held off, but we had periods of fog on top, and then rising fog from below as we started down.
35 seconds of sheer excitement :next:
The top of the mesa was pretty muddy, our shoes picking up extra weight along the way.

On the Quien Sabe #250, we decided to take a short cut to Cave Creek #4 down a wash. There some sweet geology and flora along the way. On Cave Creek #4, we got our first sprinkles of the day. Not enough to to put on the coat or break out the chrome dome.

We cut off Cave Creek #4, down to the 6L ranch area, on a spur trail. I'd never been here or read too much about the area. This is a nice area the I need to come back and check out. We stumbled upon some Glymps and Metates and it looks like there much more to see here.

Getting back from here was easier, since we no longer had to try and keep our feet dry, we just walked on through all the creek crossings

The Metate Trail and Towhee Trail are always fun to hit when in the area. Some of the biggest Saguaros in the state, mixed with all sorts of greenery
Quien Sabe Trail #250
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Quien Sabe Loop
Great loop hike. Highlights were the Quien Sabe Trail which I really enjoyed, and the Cottonwood Trail. The route finding on the Quien Sabe Trail was pretty straight forward, the trail is a little overgrown but the tread is well defined and the route takes a very logically path. The area where we did have a little challenge keeping on track was on the Skunk Mesa Trail, between Quien Sabe and before you make the decent down to the Cottonwood Trail. We would be on trail then at a blink of an eye we were off trail, repeat, repeat, repeat. After a bit of this, at Ryan's request, we picked a landmark and just headed straight for it. It worked out, got us to where we needed to be, and stopped the retracing we were doing.

The road to the TH was in really good shape, even with the recent storm. Saw no other hikers the entire day, but we did run into a camp set up in the creek bed of Cave Creek, right at the crossing of the Skunk Mesa Trail, so we had to walk right through their camp at 7 AM, while they were sleeping. IMO, not the best choice for a camp.
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A few weeks ago some friends asked what I wanted for my birthday. Told them waking up in my sleeping bag somewhere was my birthday wish. They were in immediately and just wanted to know where. None of these folks are backpackers, so it was going to be car camping, maybe someplace with a pretty and decently easy trail for everyone, and then maybe something a little more demanding for me. Settled on camping at Seven Springs.

Day 1

We rendezvoused at the Seven Springs campground and set up camp. The friends now had family stopping through for a day, but they loved the idea of camping, not that they'd done much of it. So a nice popup camper substituted for the friend's base while I brought along two tent cots manufactured by and Australian company, Jet Tents. Lots of food and liquids of all varieties rounded out our provisions.

We have a tradition of naming our camps. The group agreed this was to be Camp 58. Wonder why?

MJ had sort of poo pooed my suggestion that the evenings were going to get cold. She packed a bit lightly. A couple breaking camp as we arrived mentioned how cold they were that previous night. MJ was again skeptical. Not real campers she said.

We found some old dead cedars for firewood, settled in with libations and then a great grilled chicken and roasted sweet potato dinner put on by the friends. The fire was warm and the conversation lively, at least until about 7:30 and folks began to drift away. Tried to read for a while but soon I too closed my eyes. Woke after midnight and it was pretty cold. It was really cold about sunrise -- 24 degrees. MJ wasn't so skeptical anymore about those temps and was soon rummaging through my clothes bag.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast and some chores around camp, our group of six and two dogs hiked the Cave Creek Trail #4 out to the big pool a little past the 3 mile point and had a snack there. The trail along Cave Creek for the first few miles is one of my favorites. It's just pretty and relaxing. We were all in high spirits and seriously enjoying the day.

As we started back, Bear (a 10 month old pup) went out on a rock outcropping above the creek to pose for a great photo. I liked it so much that I followed him out. Bear decided to do me one better by climbing down the steep rock face towards the creek. I called him back and his owners really called him -- STOP, COME, STAY, DON'T and several really choice and highly descriptive words as well. Bear just decided to hunker down and see what was going to happen. The rescue effort was highly entertaining, to Bear anyway. I sort of got a kick out of it too. Some entertainment you just can't buy.

The family visitors of the friends had to get going not long after we returned to camp. We said our good byes and I began building the perfect fire to generate some coals for steaks later. The effort was certainly worth it when we chowed down on some nicely seared cow with grilled veggies, beans and some toast. Might have even been some whiskey drunk, too. A birthday cake magically arrived in camp from some hiding spot. Nature provided a classically beautiful sunset to decorate the camp for us. We hung around the fire a little later than the previous evening. MJ was properly bundled up with about 5 layers and it only got down to 30 for this night, so all slept well.

Day 3

A great breakfast of ham and eggs and fresh baked breads started off my actual birthday. The group serenaded me nicely and provided a few gifts to go with my coffee. A very nice touch to me getting exactly what I wanted for my birthday. We broke down camp and packed up. Everyone else headed home to rejoin the uncivilized world. I wasn't ready for that just yet. I took my pack and headed out to the summit of Quien Sabe just to prove and old guy can still get up a hill. It's a nice hike and then some scrambling bushwacking up and across Quien Sabe. Found a fairly lonely geocache up there, enjoyed the views for a bit and then reversed my route for our campsite, my Jeep, and the drive home.

The camp gave me 20 miles of hiking, fun times with friends and MJ, and some good memories. It was a simple and perfect way to celebrate 58 years of life on this spinning ball. Most of those 58 were great, some were tough, but that is exactly how life should be. Any day with dirt under your feet is a good day. There will be plenty of those in my 59th year if I have my way.
Quien Sabe Trail #250
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Quien Sabe Peak Loop
Been wanting to hit up the eastern portion of this area. Original plan was to start at the Bronco TH, but that upped the miles and at the time I really wanted to get home to see ASU play themselves into the Rose Bowl.

A balmy 19 degrees at the 6:30am start, 8:00 we finally hit 30 degrees, 40 degrees at 8:45, hit the low 50's in Cottonwood Creek for 40 minutes at 1pm, and then just hung mid 40's for the remainder. It really was not too bad when the wind laid down.

Highlights for me on this hike were
- Checking out the overgrown but still wet Quien Sabe Spring.
- The climb up and the views from atop Quien Sabe Peak.
- Skull Mesa & Cottonwood Trails between Quien Sabe intersection and where the Cottonwood Trail - Turns north.
- Checking out Bluebird Spring - Some pooling in the area
- Exploration of the now decommissioned Ashdale Ranger station (See Photos)

Todays Lesson
Quien Sabe (kee-en' sah'-be),
Translation = I do not know; lit., who knows? ... nunciation

Seven Springs Campgrounds and Ashdale Ranger station were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in 1933-34.

Ashdale Ranger Station Photo from back in the Day :next:

Accomplishments of the CCC in the US over the life of the program:
* Planted 1,255,000,000 tree seedlings over 1,255,000 acres of land
* Fought tree diseases on over 16,722,000 acres
* Installed 64,374 miles of telephone lines to assist in forest fire protection
* Constructed more than 3,400 fire lookout and observation towers
* Constructed 3,982,000 check dams for nation-wide erosion control program
* Constructed 41,000 bridges and 44,475 buildings of various types
Quien Sabe Trail #250
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6:33 am MST - 19 degrees in diminishing darkness to start. The high temp for the hike reached a balmy 53 yet stayed in the 42 degree range most. This was the first hike I have worn long johns an entire hike. The third shirt and balaclava were off/on over & over all day based on sun, ascending, descending, breeze, altitude and attitude.

7:39 am MST - Bruce decides to go on what he described as "a short spring hunt". I'm not into the side trips as much at 27.5 degrees fahrenheit so I took a break. Nearly thirty minutes passed. Which left me wondering... did he fall into the water, did he slip, ???, more importantly how am I getting home. The cold didn't destroy me much being bundled up so it all worked out.

The highlight of the hike was 9:30am off-trail to Quien Sabe ( Google and Webster pronounce different ) Peak. The light near to far was outstanding and photos were a poppin'. The peak was nice too but the front moved in and took a bit of the glory out of it.

From the peak we headed down and finished off Quien Sabe #250 then headed over on Skull Mesa Trail #248. We lunched on #248 in a nice breeze-less valley at 4k in some white chalk or limestone similar to what is found near Brown's Cave.

Next up was Cottonwood Creek #247, very nice. It had more life with unburned areas. Red hues in the soil gave it more characteristic too. Counted 8 signs at the #248/#247 junction.

Overall a good hike. Better weather conditions would have been more enjoyable. Take what you get!

These hikes are really an underlying quiz & bicker to near throat choking battles. Basically a review of the week's news to whatever. Unfortunately my poor memory does not serve well in these shenanigans. However even the worst participant ( yours truly ) scores a win or consolation prize on occasion.

[+1] Charles Lindbergh's Historic Flight - I correctly mentioned 1927, Bruce argued 1937 to later WWII.
[+0.25] After talking about last weeks hike for the FOURTH time I finally remembered the location of the hike.
[+-0] Who starred in "Earnest Goes to Camp" ( me - Jim P or B ) ( Bruce - Jim Williams )

On the return I was curious about checking out the old ( I'm guessing original ) Seven Springs CG. I thought it was an old trailhead but found out it was a camp ground. Complete with what appeared to be 220v( Bruce found ) & NG hook ups. Adjacent and likely the original historic element is the Ashdale Ranger Station built in 1934 with local materials. Not sure if it's the same structure but sure appears hearty and built to last. Currently not used. Just massive amounts of fencing materials in the back under video surveillance from what I read.

Completing the spur exploration loop we came upon...
Lat 33° 57' 44.3" N, Lon 111° 52' 34.2" W. Located in S07 T7N R5E
The gage was installed on February 25, 2009

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A couple cottonwoods in the final stages. Not much to see as most of the loop is burned from the 2005 Cave Creek Complex fire ( the third largest wildfire in the state of Arizona to date ).
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The overnight trip begins at 8amish in the parking lot of Spur Cross. The beginning of the hike started like pretty much all other except for the 30lbs on my back. The creek was flowing and everything was well. With the running stream we were confident that there would be plenty of places to refill along the way. We decided to skirt around the front side of Skull Mesa around the east side. The wild flowers were blooming all over. While it was only 85 outside the unrelenting sun took its toll rather quickly. We each burned through 3 liters of water before we made it to the east side of Skull Mesa. Luckily we found a small trickle of water at the second pool of Cottonwood Spring. Enough to be moving and sink our pumps. This water had to last as it did not look like we would get another chance until we got closer to seven springs. After we got water there was another good elevation push. From what I looked at online I knew it was mostly down hill from here and it was. The trail crossed over the dry creek bed several times after we veered to the north. This leg was much more easy going. At one point we did come to a cross road, up the hill or continue the creek bed. Well the creek bed seemed like a good idea all the way until we slammed right into private property. We lucked out and the ranchers were out and allowed us to cut through their property to the number 4 trail. I'm not sure if we shaved any distance off but I would recommend staying on the trail because the next group may not be as welcomed. Once we were on the number 4 we knew we were close to where we wanted to camp. A little over 15 miles into the trip we re-upped on water just to be sure one more time. A few yards more and we found a great camp spot. We found a scorpion trying to get warm by the fire. He was not aware of what caliber of people were camping. He was promptly charred and eaten. "Nutty" is the answer. Once huddled into our tents it felt like I had packed just the right amount of gear. At 2am I was cold. I no longer had good feelings about leaving my hoodie at home. The REI 1.5 mat however was the best decision ever. What a great bargain and comfortable enough to sleep on my side.

On the second morning at 8am it was good to know we had under 10 miles to go. Breakfast was good, water was replenished and the camp was left like we were never there. I had high hopes that we would be closer to the water and have some shade on the way out. This was not the case. The shade quickly disappeared again to a very rocky and uncovered trek. Beautiful scenery and many more places to explore along the way. There was one point along the second day that we popped up a few hundred feet in a very short distance. This did not feel pretty on feet but when it was done was almost all of the elevation we would experience and now it was only 5 miles of down hill. When we finally made it off trail around 1:30pm we were beat but happy.

There were flowers sprouting everywhere.
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Had wanted to do some of the trails in the Tonto just off the Spur Cross Ranch and this was the day for it. Got on the Spur Cross trail a little bit later than I wanted - a little after 7am. Because of the mountains didn't feel the sunlight until I was almost 2 miles into my hike at the Tonto map board (Where the Cottonwood and Cave Creek trails start). I could have used that sunlight too! Windy conditions, made for a chilly morning.

Though most of my hike involved other trails, I posted this hike under the Quien Sabe because it was the only trail which I did completely. Started the loop off going clockwise on the Cave Creek Trail#4. The trail rose steadily until it crested a ridge. From there it stayed within the same elevation zone, give or take a couple of hundred. The trail was (surprisingly) easier to follow than I anticipated. Much of this trail varied from noticeable to grassy indentations in the soil. I was on this trail for about 6 miles. I passed three hikers going and a trail runner coming out.

At about 8 miles in to my hike I came to Skunk Tank Trail#246. This trail too was surprisingly easy to follow. This trail climbed steadily along Skunk Tank Canyon taking me to Skunk Tank. This spot was labled as such on the trail. It didn't look like much. It was a small and primarily dead grove of some sort of deciduous tree. I saw two roadrunners (flying :) , after I had startled them) on this trail, but that was it. Views were nice, but I was still enclosed by higher mountains so it was limited to the nearby area.

At around the 10.5 mile mark I hit the Quien Sabe trail. (Interestingly, at the beginning of the Tonto Forest, where they have their trail board, they indicate the Quien Sabe as the easiest of trails...... NOT!) At the Quien Sabe juncture the trail starts off as a trace and disappears from there. The only reason I knew where the trail "should be" was becasue it follows an old mining road that has been cut into the side Quien Sabe Mountain. The "trail" was easy because the grade of the "road" was mild and the cut in the hill distinctive and easy to see. The road was overgrown with all kinds of prickly and thorny things. The trail was followable until I crossed Matty's Fork (a creek bed, which was trickling). At this point I loss the cut in the hill... and the trail. After some bushwacking I came upon the trail again near the Skull Mesa Trail connection. Worth noting, about .5 miles in on the Quien, I got a fantastic view of valley and the mountains from Camelback to the Estrellas.

After the Quien Sabe, the Skull Mesa Trail#248 was a walk in the park. The Quien intersects the Skull trail which goes east-west. I took the westward direction, which climbs a ridge that goes up the backside of Skull Mesa. The trail was faint but followable. As I climbed, I came across logs spiked into the ground to help control run off, which I took as confirmation that I was on a trail. Reaching the top was an exhilerating feeling. :y: The mesa was much larger than I anticipated. If one wanted to, you could spend quite a bit of time up there. Between trail use and cairns it was pretty easy navigating the mesa. There's a "Y" in the trail near the southern edge of the mesa. The westward trail took me to a lookout point that gave a great view of Cave Creek, the mesa off to the west, and of course the Phoenix valley. This lookout point is at the edge of a sheer drop so walk the rocks with care. The Skull trail comes off the mesa with a series of steep switchbacks. I never fell, but I slid and rolled my ankels numerous times during my descent. And it didn't seem to matter how careful I was. Very frustrating ](*,) . A lot of elevation change with little mileage. I'm not sure if its better to ascend or descend this portion of the trail.

At about the 16 mile mark I came to the Cottonwood Trail#247. The Cottonwood goes in an east-west direction and once again I took the westward direction. At this point, I had a great view of the lookout point I was just at 30 minutes ago. Hard to believe that I came that far down in such a short time. The Cottonwood Trail is well used and easy to follow. There is quite a bit of elevation change and the trail is rocky so I had to watch my footing to avoid any skiing. (It's no fun skiing without snow :) ). The surrounding scenery was beautiful! The foliage was vibrant, and the lay of the land engaging.

At the 18 mile mark, I hit the Spur Cross Trail and I was heading toward home. :y: It definitely took longer than I thought to do this hike but I would do it again. There are a lot more trails out there, so I hope to get out there again soon.

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