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Mariposa Hill, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.44 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,354 feet
Elevation Gain 230 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.59
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar
Sun  7:32am - 5:46pm
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Nearby Area Water
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
0.0 mi away
24.5 mi
3,950 ft
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
0.0 mi away
9.5 mi
1,657 ft
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur Cross
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur Cross
0.0 mi away
6.8 mi
1,977 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
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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Butterfly Approved!
by gad38

Likely In-Season!
Nice, easy, short hike with a slightly elevated view of Cave Creek and the trail. This short side trail in the Spur Cross Conservation Area of Maricopa County Parks & Recreation is located at 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

Start at the parking lot about 200 yards south of the Spur Cross Trailhead. Hike to the trailhead, pay your use fee at the entry and then hike out the main trail heading North.

Stay to the right at the Spur Cross Trail fork and continue past the Ramada/Trailer. At 0.4 miles you will cross the Cave Creek river bed - which is usually dry unless there has been recent rain upstream.

Keep hiking on the wide trail until you reach the Mariposa Hill trail sign on the right side of the trail (one mile from parking lot). Head up for a little less than a quarter of a mile to reach the top of the hill. There are benches to sit on while you look around and enjoy the panoramic views.

This is a very easy trail and pretty short too, but a nice warm up or side trip to longer hikes in the area for the more adventurous hiker. The trail is fully exposed to the sun with no shade, so it's great in Winter. In hotter times, you are better off to travel in areas that offer occasion shade - although the short distance of this hike may make this an unneeded caution.

Mariposa is the Spanish word for Butterfly.

    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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