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Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2013
AZWanderingBear
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.79 mph
1,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
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Took MJ and some friends on a leisurely stroll up the Cave Creek Trail to the petroglyphs and the old 6L Ranch. The weather was perfect for a nice leg stretcher hike and some exploring.

The four of us were accompanied by Willy and Bear, the friends' border collies. Willy loves the water and there was plenty of it above the intersection with the Cottonwood Trail. Bear is still a pup at 10 months and was delighted to be off the leash and on a real grown up hike. He'd race up the trail a ways and then bound back down to make sure we were still there. He put in at least 20 happy miles over the course of the hike.

A raven scolded us for invading his territory without offering appropriate plunder for him to make off with. Other than that, no creature uttered a harsh word at us all day.

None but me had seen the petroglyphs and the double metate found along the trail. I always enjoy introducing something new (or a 1,000 years old) to friends. We continued north past the overturned Ford pickup and explored around the old 6L ranch. Enjoyed meandering along the creek here. Will have to come back and camp some day. Maybe a base camp for hitting the Skull Mesa knifeback?

Most everyone's feet were sore by the time we got back to the trailhead and the collective bellies were empty and complaining. Stopped off at Big Earl's Greasy Eats in Cave Creek. Burgers and beers fixed the growling stomachs quick enough. Met Big Earl (who is actually an attractive blonde lady, not named Earl and is neither big nor greasy).

This was my last hike of 2013 and a nice way to end the year with MJ and friends in a beautiful place. My boots have taken me to many lovely and interesting places this year. Next year I've promised myself even more adventures, God willing and the creek don't rise. Happy New Year to all the HAZers out there. See you on the trail.
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