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Cave Trail #233
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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2008
kanode
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   5 Hrs      1.12 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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We went up the Cave trail, and around the east side of the Fortress. There's two spots with climbs of about 6 feet that require both hands and feet to pull yourself up. My Garmin 60cs GPS had major problems getting a signal on this portion but Dan's Garmin GPS logged the full track. There were a lot of wet spots and even a tiny patch of ice.

Took a break for lunch on a high spot slightly north and east of Fremont saddle. Headed back down the Cave trail along the west side of the Fortress. We could have easily done this lasso-loop in 4 hours.

The trail both up and down was fairly easy to follow. We occasionally had to stop and look around for the next cairn.

We ran into a group at the Tub that had been told the Cave trail was a shortcut down from Fremont saddle--and that's all they knew about the trail. (No map, no GPS, no hike description from HikeAZ.) One of our group, Chuck, showed them how to slide down the rock below the tub. Ran into a group from Superstition Search and Rescue that said the cave trail was one of their most frequent source of calls.
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