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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2014
chumley
Hiking10.35 Miles 1,905 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   3.01 mph
1,905 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Unaware of the pending end of the year and unconcerned with personal hiking statistics, FOTG decided to just relax at home and watch football, so I took it upon myself to drive over and dognap Blanco and Cup as they are not really into lazy, relaxing weekends.

9L was recovering from the weeklong holiday bender he's been on, so we took it slow and just enjoyed the day. Any water we found that wasn't flowing was frozen, even in the sun later in the day. I broke through a few of them for the dogs to drink. It didn't seem that cold. I was in shorts and short sleeves, but I doubt it got much over 50 at any point of the day.

The hike along Cave Creek is great while the return trip is somewhat boring and drags on for a while. There are some nice views though. In the end, it was basically just about what I was looking for today.
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New River Mountains Skunk Tank
Meteorology
Meteorology
Frost Ice
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Most everything is done. A few straggling yellows on some cottonwoods.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Big Maggie May Light flow Light flow
Don't know what big maggie may is, but at this point on the map, there was plenty of water in the creek. Ample pools with occasional light flow.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Quien Sabe Spring Dripping Dripping
Didn't walk up to the spring source, but there were several deep pools of water even at the trail crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Seven Springs Wash Light flow Light flow
Nothing crazy, but reasonable flow in the creek.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Skunk Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Skunk Tank itself is dry, and appears to be an unreliable source for water. But the drainage downstream between it and the trail had several deep pools in the rocks. It is unlikely these pools would have water in dryer/warmer times of year.
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