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Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2013
winotron
Hiking7.36 Miles 839 AEG
Hiking7.36 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.21 mph
839 ft AEG      30 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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My first hike in the Cave Creek area, and I'll definitely be back. Started out on the Spur Cross Trail. Continued up the Tortuga, then counter-clockwise through the Elephant Mountain Trail. Finished off the loop with the Dragonfly trail, through "Jewel of the Creek", and back up the road 1/4 mile to the parking lot.

Went on a Friday morning so I saw almost no one else on the trails. The solitude was nice. Creek was nearly completely dry, which was kind of a bummer...only saw some small pools of water here and there. Really enjoyed the varied terrain and environments. This park has some of the biggest saguaros I've seen, and some nice cholla forests. Huge cottonwoods still hanging on to some great fall colors by the creek. I was surprised by how green a lot of places were.

All the trails were well marked, and you can grab a very well-made map at the entrance. Very nice park, and the few staff that I met were very nice people.
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