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Spur Cross up Cave Creek, AZ
mini location map2016-11-02
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Spur Cross up Cave Creek, AZ 
Spur Cross up Cave Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking8.50 Miles 669 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.63 mph
669 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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My first hike of the fall at Spur Cross park. The road is now paved all the way to the Spur Cross parking lot. When did that happen? They still have the $3 entry fee. Very few people, only 3 other cars in the parking lot due to it being mid week and maybe temperatures expected in the low 80s are still too high for many people. I hiked up the old FR48 road/trail that goes along the bank of Cave Creek. I took a short off-trail meander inside the park to look at some petroglyphs and look for possible nearby ruins. I've most likely done this several times over the years but couldn't remember, probably because there are no ruins there. The creek is the driest I've ever seen. Even the springs in the creek bottom up by the old gold mine as you approach the 6L Ranch gate were dry. Spotted a lonely very tall palm tree growing out of the creek bed and followed javalina trails through the brush for a closer look. I'm surprised this tree survived the many flash floods coming down this creek over the years. Drift wood was piled up about 4 ft high at the base of the tree. From there I explored a small bench on the west side of the creek for possible ruins. I've explored almost all likely areas in this canyon for Indian ruins over the last 6 years but couldn't remember searching this small area. It looked very promising but didn't find any ruins so I proceeded up canyon to a flat area on the west side where I had seen pottery sherds before. The sherds are still there. I did a more thorough search for ruins in the thick cover adjacent to the sherds but no luck. This area is on the west side of the creek across from the large petroglyph display along old FR48 just inside the 6L ranch property.

Got back to the car at 3:30 pm after passing 3 hikers who were giving me strange looks. Probably because I was wearing my blue Frog Toggs cooling towel like a hijab on my head. Hey - it was hot and I was trying to keep cool, I'm not a terrorist.
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