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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2017
survivordude
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,904 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   1.97 mph
1,904 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Had an extra day off and didn't want to go too far so thought I would check out Cave Creek area. Went with the buddy Zeke who is not much of a hiker but wanted to get out after a tough week. Didn't see anyone else on the trail the entire time. We started at Seven Springs Campground and followed the Cave Creek trail. This was an excellent hike on mostly flat ground right near the creek the whole time. After about 2 miles, the trail crept out of the undergrowth to a ledge above. There was a lot of water in the creek which created several small but cool looking waterfalls. Just after 4 miles in, We turned left on the Skunk Tank Trail. This promptly started switchbacking its way up the hill. It was a pretty easy climb for me but Zeke was slowing down a bit so I let him lead and he actually made a pretty good pace. Stopped near Skunk Tank for some lunch and then continued on up the hill. The rest of the loop around was up on the hill, nothing too exciting, but there were far reaching views. Most of the hiking was through remnants of a burnt out forest. Once full and green, now mostly just the shrubs are thriving. There were tons of tracks out there. Everything from deer to javalina, coyote, and racoon or ringtail critter tracks. Also I saw 2 more real Arizona Cardinals when 2 months ago, I didn't think they truly existed in AZ!
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