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Rock Creek Spencer Spring Loop, AZ
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Rock Creek Spencer Spring Loop, AZ 
Rock Creek Spencer Spring Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2018
joebartels
Hiking14.10 Miles 2,280 AEG
Hiking14.10 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   2.39 mph
2,280 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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Rock Creek (cough)Trail #195
There is a hint of trail through brush and over fallen trees. We got in a few segments of trail along the creek. Typically opted for the easier creekbed. Duly noted in my 2014 triplog "The key is to go down". It's not terrible going up, just not enjoyable.

Creek to road was as memory served. There is a trail. Missing a turn or two is par for course. The cypress are holding proud.

Dropping my rating on this from 4 to 3 out of 5.

Spencer Spring Trail #275
Maintenance has transformed this likeable canyon trail into a brush free gem. Steep tread held my attention in the upper portions. Clear, light flow in the creek for stretches.

Synopsis
Up Spencer and down Rock Creek is my preference. Fab hike either way.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
both canyons had nice sycamore color
we lucked out on the short sweet spot along #212
which included impressive [ Poison Ivy ] in all shades of red and orange
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
not much, it dips below freezing overnight in the area now
one nice patch of [ Four O'Clock ] at the top of Spencer
a large wilted patch of [ Wild Cucumber ] in RC & Spencer
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