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Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 24.52 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,343 feet
Elevation Gain 1,532 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,950 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 44.27
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Skull Mesa Loop
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Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr
Sun  7:32am - 5:45pm
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
same trailhead
9.5 mi
1,657 ft
Mariposa Hill
Mariposa Hill
0.0 mi away
2.4 mi
230 ft
Black Mesa - Cave Creek
Black Mesa - Cave Creek
0.0 mi away
11.7 mi
3,100 ft
Skull Mesa - Cottonwood Creek Loop
0.0 mi away
17.1 mi
3,500 ft
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
0.0 mi away
12.0 mi
2,850 ft
Skull Mesa Ruins
Skull Mesa Ruins
0.0 mi away
16.6 mi
3,884 ft
Spur Cross Loop
Spur Cross Loop
0.0 mi away
5.5 mi
600 ft
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur Cross
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur Cross
0.0 mi away
6.8 mi
1,977 ft
Cottonwood Spring Loop - Cave Creek
Cottonwood Spring Loop - Cave Creek
0.0 mi away
9.4 mi
1,900 ft
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa Trail
0.1 mi away
10.0 mi
450 ft
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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.

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.

    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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