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mini location map2014-12-13
11 by photographer avatarThe_Dude
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Black Mesa - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
The_Dude
Hiking12.89 Miles 3,375 AEG
Hiking12.89 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.29 mph
3,375 ft AEG      42 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I had some rare weekend time for a hike, so despite the weather I opted for a good one. Started off from the Spur Cross TH at 7:30 after the rain had finished, but with fog all around. The trail was muddy but not too bad, travel went pretty well until I reached the Tonto Forest boundary. From here, the trail became much more faint to non-existent in some parts. All of the fall rain we got back in September led to a huge flush from the annual weeds. Many stretches of the hike were off trail, or might as well have been. Needless to say, my boots were completely soaked about an hour into this hike, not from rain, but all the moisture that came off the plants I was bushwhacking through. Thankfully most of the brush was thorn free, although I did have to keep on the lookout for cholla. With fog looming all morning, views were limited, but that can lead to some enjoyment in itself. Things really got hazy as I started up the switchbacks to the mesa, I could not actually see Black Mesa until I was on it. Views from the top were pretty limited, so I just explored around a short bit and headed back. The clouds opened up a bit on the way back so I could get a few views of the city. This was a really fun hike, definitely slower than my usual pace but considering the brush and conditions, not too bad. Well worth doing again!
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