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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2012
DaveB96
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.78 mph
1,120 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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What a great day! This hike had it all, even got our towers buzzed by an F-16. I couldn't even begin to imagine how much of a rush it would be to actually be in it, as we stood there in awe of the fighter jet 400 feet above us. It was going to be an overnight, but that changed because it was raining the entire way there. Started out just passed the seven springs campground and headed down cave creek #4.

The weather couldn't have been better. As soon as we got out of the car and started walking the rain stopped and it was cool and pleasantly overcast. 3 miles in to a lunch break at a very decent looking swimming hole.

Got back on the trail and headed west for another mile, but at 12:30 and fully exposed to the now clear sunny day we decided 8 miles would be enough. By the time we made it back to the car it was already starting to rain again. Hit camp creek falls on the way out just to make sure there was nothing left in our tanks. That horse churned sand can be pretty rough. Saw a snake and a tarantula but no water in the falls... driest I've ever seen it.

Stopped in Cave Creek for a beer and a burger, home in time to watch the lightning storm where we were possibly going to stay.
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