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Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross is a 24.52 mile round trip hike with 3,950 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 14 miles north-northwest of Scottsdale Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike.
Overview: This is a nice, long desert loop through the desert hills of the Cave Creek area linking together the Cave Creek Trail #4 and Cottonwood Trail #247, starting from the Spur Cross Trailhead.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.
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.