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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 05 2014
whycoyote
Backpack9.90 Miles 1,120 AEG
Backpack9.90 Miles1 Day   4 Hrs      
1,120 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break37 LBS Pack
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We did the Skunk Tank portion first, which ended up being a great idea. The trail is rocky and I always find it easier to go up really rocky trails. Starting at the Cave Creek Trail head parking lot we quickly made our way over to the creek, where we promptly lost our bearings. Sometimes it's not good to rely on memory instead of just following the beaten path. After spending about 20 minutes searching the creek for the trail crossing we got back on the trail and almost immediately came upon the crossing, complete with signage! Following the CC trail to the Skunk Tank junction was pretty easy. As we turned off the trail continued pretty level for a short time, then began to climb. As we reached the first saddle the trail leveled off and all signs of civilization disappeared, except for the big white FAA radar thingie. The mountains around us were beautiful and the view spectacular. The traverse across the edge of the formation to the right (no idea if it has a name) was an easy stroll with more gorgeous views. We saw some potholes in the washes, but no running water. There was no water that we could see in Skunk Tank. The traverse across the edge of the formation to the right (no idea if it has a name) was an easy stroll with more gorgeous views. As the trail started in the switchbacks down to the junction with Cave Creek Trail it became rocky again. It isn't as bad as the Skunk Tank section, though, so I'm glad we did that first. At the junction you start hiking by the creek again and the going is easy. We camped about 1/2 mile from the junction. In the morning the hike out was quick and easy, so I'm pretty sure that 5.5 miles listed on the sign at the junction is WAYYYY off. This was a great little hike and a perfect way to get back into backpacking after so many years off.
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In the wet areas the foliage was nice, though a bit past it's prime.
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