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2013-07-21  
Harding Springs - Cookstove Loop, AZ
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Harding Springs - Cookstove Loop, AZ 
Harding Springs - Cookstove Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2013
paulhubbard
Hiking3.90 Miles
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.30 mph
      30 Mns Break
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Teva Joe has written about this loop, a couple of people (including HPP) have traveled it, and I can't believe it doesn't have a lot more photos and triplogs. This is a beautiful loop hike in Oak Creek Canyon. I recommend going up the Harding Springs trail and DOWN the Cookstove trail. Cookstove is steep an sections, and you get to fill up your water at the spring at Pine Flats campground, yum (no filter needed)! If you start early enough, you can park on the east side of the road right next to the Harding Springs trailhead.

We started at around 8:30 and the temps were perfect (a bit humid after the recent rains), and there's plenty of shade on the trail up. On the rim the temps are cooler, and the trail is a pleasant stroll. Don't miss the cairns marking the top of Cookstove (they're hard to miss), and head on down. Once you get to the road it's only about a mile back to the Cave Springs campground.
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