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Skull Mesa - Cottonwood Spring Loop, AZ
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Skull Mesa - Cottonwood Spring Loop, AZ 
Skull Mesa - Cottonwood Spring Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking16.30 Miles 3,890 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   2.28 mph
3,890 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
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We were wondering what and where to hike, something challenging yet not too far away, since the playoffs would be on. Tibber took me on the Cottonwood Spring Loop recently, so Skull Mesa has been on my mind to hike.

When we started on the Skull Mesa trail we walked into a good size group of javalina. They scattered but the trail was curvy, so one huffed at us a few times before deciding we could pass. The trail up to the Mesa is in pretty good shape. It has switch backs, but they don't mess around, they get the job done. Hiking on top of the mesa was fun...and much easier than hiking on a ridgeline, I'd like more of those, please. We had lunch with an awesome view and headed down.

Like the write ups say, the trail gets pretty faded in spots, but there are cairns and Karl was using the GPS. Once you get back to the Cottonwood trail, the trail is in primo shape again. We took another break at the spring. Then we hightailed it back to the car because we had a couple of Mexican Cokes waiting. I'll move faster for some sugary goodness!
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