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Skull Mesa from Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 05 2016
lwbenso
Backpack11.80 Miles 2,500 AEG
Backpack11.80 Miles   27 Hrs   9 Mns   1.54 mph
2,500 ft AEG   19 Hrs   30 Mns Break
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Did this backpacking trip with the Arizona&Beyond Hiking and Backpacking group from meetup.com. Decently challenging hike with a heavy pack on, if only using a day pack I don't think it would be so bad. The top of the mesa is beautiful, especially if you bushwhack over to one of the edges overlooking the city/valley. There were streams of water early on in the hike (couple miles or so), after that I think it would be pretty hard to find filterable water. Temps were very manageable, with only a light jacket on in the evening to keep warm. We went to find the ruins, easy if you have the GPS coordinates logged - hard if you are just walking in the general direction. They are a good 4 or 5 miles out once you get to the top of the mesa.
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