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Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ
mini location map2018-01-20
10 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ 
Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking13.05 Miles 2,327 AEG
Hiking13.05 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.33 mph
2,327 ft AEG      19 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was plan B for the day.
Some of my relatives had the first area closed because they needed some "Privacy" while making little Eagles.

So after some conversation, we headed over to Spur Cross and did this loop.

Temps dropped a bit during the hike and we got a steady drizzle starting around 9:15, but we never got the 30mph gusts that were forecast. This is an enjoyable loop on some new sections of trail for me. Cottonwood Spring (the southwestern most, there are 3 in the area) had plenty of water to filter from. There was some plastic pipe, a shovel and pitch fork in the area also.

We hopped into Cottonwood Creek (Dry) for some splorin'. There were a couple of interesting rocky areas. We decided to go up to the next Cottonwood Spring. There was no sign of a spring that we found, but we caught the Cottonwood #247 here to turn around.

Ran into a a couple of other hikers out there prior to hitting the Metate Trail to check out the Huge Saguaros.

Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Plenty to filter from

dry Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
Could find no flow or sign of a spring from this Cottonwood Spring. The other one in the area had plenty of flow.
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