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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking10.85 Miles 2,347 AEG
Hiking10.85 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.19 mph
2,347 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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From the Seven Springs TH, Cave Creek Trail #4 counter clockwise to Skunk Creek Trail #246 to Cottonwood Trail #247 to #4 and the TH.

When I hike this one again, I'll do it clockwise. It's just so hard to talk yourself out of the river bed for that first 4.5 miles.

As mentioned in other triplogs, pay little attention to the mileages on the signs. The loop described is easy to follow and in good shape for the most part. There are portions of the Skunk Creek trail that get rocky.

This is a great little hike. The creek was a flowin', the little waterfalls along the way always sound good, and I have my eye on a great little swimming hole for later in the summer. The flowers are still doing great in this area. I saw a lot types I had not seen before. The first 4.5 miles along the creek is more or less flat actually loosing about 400' and is protected in many places from the sun. Once you make the turn on Skunk Creek #246, this changes with a pretty good climb of 1100+ feet in 2 miles. Both the Skunk Tank and Quien Sabel Springs were flowing strong.
Fauna
Fauna
Cassin's Kingbird
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Quien Sabe Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Flowing clean and strong
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