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Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking14.70 Miles 1,734 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   2.00 mph
1,734 ft AEG
 
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With the weather still being kind of warm, this looked like a good idea to go hike to alleviate that somewhat. The area is very green with all the monsoon rains, and Cave Creek is running more than I remember it in the past around this time of year. For the first five miles in from the Seven Springs campground, the sound of running water was almost constant.

My goal was to hike to where you come up from 6L Ranch on the west end of the trail. The maps show a trail there junctioning with the Cave Creek Trail, but I couldn't see one. the official posted route measured out about 13.2 miles, but my final mileage was 14.7, very typical for how RouteScout seems to work on my phone.

At the five mile mark, there was a big row of bushes between the trail and the creek. As I hiked, I heard some splashing in the creek and the thumping of feet. I got to a clearing where I could see the hill on the other side of the creek and spotted 3 bucks in felt making their way up the hill. Got some nice shots and moved on.

then I almost immediately lost the trail at a creek crossing. The grass on the shore lines is very high and thick now, so it's hard to spot any sign of a trail picking up on the other side or any cairns. I made the bonehead move of decided to hike along the stream bed until I saw an obvious trail picking up again, and ended up bushwhacking up to the trail. During this time and later when I tried to see where the junction from 6L Ranch is, I noticed that the official posted track seems to be way off from where the actual trail is. During my bushwhacking along the stream beds and shores, I almost stepped on a gopher snake. Tried to get a decent pic, but he slithered off too fast.

On the way back I noticed below the trail a little cubby hole looking thing with one very obvious rock wall that was manmade. Wondered if it might be ruins, but it seems too close to the creek for that to be the case, considering the flash flood likelihood in this area.

Finished up 2 hours later than I expected, but no big deal. Nice to have a longer hike closer to Phoenix considering this time of year. Only saw 3 hikers the entire time, looks like they got a late start from the same TH.
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