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Spur Cross to Rondo Spring, AZ
mini location map2015-01-04
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Spur Cross to Rondo Spring, AZ 
Spur Cross to Rondo Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,838 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
1,838 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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I didn't feel very creative for hike planning today so picked a hike I've had somewhere near the bottom of my list for some time. This hike to Rondo Spring starts at the Spur Cross trail head east of Elephant Mountain. The HAZ Rondo Spring Trail hike description approaches Rondo Spring from the west side of Elephant mountain. Same destination, different routes.

It was a cool sunny day with a skiff of snow from New Years Eve still clinging to the north side of the hills. I got a late start so decided to step up the pace with minimum picture taking. Made good time for me, 2 hours from the trail head to Rondo Spring and that included a stop at the trail head lost and found to see if anyone had turned in the trekking poles I left in the parking lot on my last visit about a month ago - no luck. The pipe delivering water to the trough at Rondo Spring was dry. I didn't try the hand pump but wouldn't count on it. Too bad, I think this used to be a reliable perennial spring but no more. Had lunch and dilly dallied around for about a half hour before starting the return hike. I decided to do a little off trail wandering on the way back. Found a nice set of ruins (rock piles) with lots of pottery sherds and another area that looked very promising for ruins but didn't have time to check it out. Got lost in a maze of prickly stuff but finally got out of there without ripping up the new hiking shirt my wife got me for Christmas. It was a good day.

I posted the gps track for my route to Rondo Spring which stays on trail and can be used for an "official" route. I didn't post my return route because sometimes my wandering is best left unpublished.
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