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Cottonwood Spring Loop - Cave Creek
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Cottonwood Spring Loop - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,125 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.24 mph
2,125 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
 
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It’s a good thing I like roller coasters, as portions of this hike simulate the ride.
Alot of ridges and washes are crossed while on your way down the various trails that make up this lasso loop track. Skull Mesa is almost always in view (that’s a good thing :) ), and views of Elephant Mountain are plentiful during the first and last portion of the hike (another good thing).
In fact, the views from northwest through northeast are excellent throughout the hike.

The saguaro cactus are amazingly healthy along the track. Many young saguaros appear to be vying for their own little ‘space-in-the-sun’. There was a bit of water in Cave Creek, and some of the many washes crossed were a bit moist. Cottonwood Spring was ‘spongy’ to hike through also.

All the trails were in very good shape. There’s an abundance of gates and signage along the tracks, some in places I wouldn’t expect them. Some signage is for nearby private property, with the rest attempting to keep you aware of your location. However, I was glad to have my GPS confirm some of the ‘trail-to-next-trail’ turn-points. (No signage at some of those points).
I had made GPS waypoints to make sure we stayed on course, as it’s not fun to hike along thinking you might be heading to ‘parts unknown’. Long live trip planning.

Except for seeing a couple of far-away predator birds soaring (looking for lunch ?), the only ‘animal’ I saw was Mike, my hike-mate. All ‘fauna’ must have been sleeping, hiding, hibernating, underground, or just plain bashful.
Too bad for them- they missed a nice day. :)
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