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Sugarloaf (Spur Cross), AZ
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Sugarloaf (Spur Cross), AZ 
Sugarloaf (Spur Cross), AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.29 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
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I didn't have a firm plan as I drove toward Spur Cross but by the time I got there I thought maybe I'd head toward the top of Elephant Mountain.

I stopped at a couple ruin sites along the way and decided to take the "2nd left" (i.e. not the first one marked "EM trail"). I was enjoying the walk (except for the vast clouds of gnats) but noticed after a while I was heading away from Elephant Mountain. I studied the GPS map for a couple minutes and realized I had branched off the main trail and was heading up a creek toward the Black Mesa-Sugarloaf saddle. It was a decent trail, plenty of cairns, so I just kept going.

The trail led to a nice spring (Peterson Spring?) and after that I bushwacked up to the saddle. The saddle is a nice spot but it was a slow, ugly grind up the backside of Sugarloaf. There were two good cairns on top but I didn't find a register. I continued east to the far edge of Sugarloaf - descent here looked steep and unappealing - but retracing my way up was too. So I did a "5 wheel skid" down the SE side, starting in a gully but then exiting right. Slow and ugly.

I was happy to intersect Tr#252 and took that loop back to the car.

Can't recommend this one but I was glad to get outside and I won't have to wonder what the top of Sugarloaf is like anymore.
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