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Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ
mini location map2018-01-20
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Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ 
Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
joebartels
Hiking12.75 Miles 2,260 AEG
Hiking12.75 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.28 mph
2,260 ft AEG      19 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
247A is signed closed on the near end, which resides inside Spur Cross. The trail is in good shape and well used. To be legal simply hike 0.15 mi further on #4 to the forest boundary where off-designated-trail travel is legal. BTW proposed fee increases on Feb 21st might go live April 1st. If you support this forest buffer not keeping good trails open and charging you more... do absolutely nothing and you help seal the deal.

This wasn't the planned hike and I'm not a huge fan of this area. Which aside from despising the access stems heavily on wet hikes across Skull Mesa. Once again this desert dweller enters the area on a friggen rainy day... bah humbug

The mountain views along this moderate loop are fab. Due to our abbreviated plans Bruce suggested we head out a little further on #247. Passing a side canyon I through out a prayer we explore the narrow looking canyon. Boy howdy did we get lucky! An intriguing stretch flash rocked our peptides.

Then onwards to another Cottonwood Spring. Interesting 2 share the same name within a mile on the same 7.5 topo New River Mesa.

Bruce had the foresight to finish with Metate/Towhee. Which should be a given for every hike in the area. The area is as dry as I've seen. The wild cucumber that arches over Towhee is currently a dry brittle salad.
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Metate Pond

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 At least a quart per min, looks good too

dry Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Area is dry... it is sprinkling right NOW if you hurry!
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