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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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8  2019-12-21
Spur Cross Cottonwood Loop (8.3)
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5  2017-01-24 arizona_water
15  2015-01-31
Skull Mesa Loop
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4  2015-01-21 JuanJaimeiii
32  2015-01-11
Skull Mesa from Spur Cross TH
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4  2015-01-01 toddak
15  2014-03-20 rehlers
9  2013-12-15 JuanJaimeiii
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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.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.





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2013-01-09
    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


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    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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