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Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2013
winotron
Hiking6.43 Miles 439 AEG
Hiking6.43 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.34 mph
439 ft AEG      20 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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I liked Spur Cross Ranch so much when I was here a couple weeks ago that I brought my girlfriend back here today. Lots of cars in the parking lot when we got there, but we didn't see a whole lot of people on the trails.

Skipped the Elephant Mountain trail this time, and checked out the Metate and Towhee side of the park instead. The Metate and Towhee trails were nice strolls through a very lush area. The Tortuga Trail was especially muddy and slippery from the rain, and we nearly ate it a few times. We were hoping there were still some fall colors to be seen around the creek, and there were. There was a little more water in the creek this time from the rain the past couple days, but mostly just standing pools of water.

Walking back to our car we heard a large group of coyotes back down by the Spur Cross Trail that were very excited about something, and I got a good look at one of them. Wish we could have gotten a look at the whole group.

This park has become one of my favorite hikes, and I believe I'll be coming back often. :)
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Elephant Mountain Metate Pond
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Still some nice fall colors along the creek.
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