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Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2014
rehlers
Hiking17.50 Miles 3,950 AEG
Hiking17.50 Miles   9 Hrs      1.94 mph
3,950 ft AEG
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1st trip
I've wanted to do the loop of trails in the middle of Seven Springs are for awhile, but 24 miles in a day from spur cross was a bit much for me. Instead, I drove in an alternate route from the north and cut the distance to around 17-18 miles total. Photo set includes rattlesnake, gila monster, and dead fox or coyote (not sure) on trail.

Just north of the cave creek campground along FR24 is another dirt road, FR468. Turning left onto this road and following it to the very end, you stop on the side of the hill overlooking Cave Creek and the Cave Creek Trail #4 (almost exactly where it intersects with Skunk Tank trail). With about .25-.5 mile of off trail effort to the bottom, you can reach the cave creek trail. I then did a clockwise loop as follows:

Trail Conditions
Skunk Tank Trail #246 - mostly easy to follow and in good shape, with little to no overgrowth.
Quien Sabe Trail #250 - trail is faint in parts, but usually cairns help you along and the early parts are along an old road. Not much overgrowth either.
Skull Mesa Trail #248 - fairly faint in many parts, generally cairns available to help. A few spots where cairns were widely spaced. Not much overgrowth. Great views on top of skull mesa. Quite steep coming down.
Cottonwood Trail #247 - easy to follow and well marked. No overgrowth
Cave Creek Trail #4 - easy to follow and well marked. No overgrowth.

Road Conditions
FR24 - passenger car should be able to make it ok
FR648 - Pretty decent, except the last mile or so. Definitely need 4x4 for that section and at least high clearance for the rest.
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