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Skull Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking18.10 Miles 4,088 AEG
Hiking18.10 Miles   11 Hrs   21 Mns   2.04 mph
4,088 ft AEG   2 Hrs   29 Mns Break17 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Prepping for a Grand Canyon hike at the end of the month, I finally crossed this one off my list. I was joined today by harem regulars Carey and Pammy. We followed the Cottonwood Spring Loop counter-clockwise out to Skull Mesa. We encountered some campers near the Skull Mesa / Cottonwood intersection who were also destined for the ruins at the far end of the mesa. Once we got to the top of Skull Mesa, we mistakenly continued to follow trail #248 east until we realized we were going in the wrong direction. No big deal, we worked our way back to our desired route. Not much of any trail to follow across the top of Skull Mesa to get out to the ruins. We had a great time exploring the ruins and enjoying the views before making our way back to Cottonwood Trail. We followed Cottonwood Trail all the way back to Spur Cross and then returned to much desired parking lot. This was my longest duration, longest distance, and greatest AEG hike! Can't wait to beat it.
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Slight running water and small pools
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