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Rock Creek - Spencer Springs loop, AZ
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Rock Creek - Spencer Springs loop, AZ 
Rock Creek - Spencer Springs loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking14.23 Miles 2,221 AEG
Hiking14.23 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   2.42 mph
2,221 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I'd been out of commission for a couple of weeks, but decided to join in on this loop since it didn't look like the AEG would be too bad. Started on West Pinto, then up Bull Basin. We turned onto what used to be Rock Creek trail about 50-100' past the cowboy grave. The trail was discernible in places, there was brush to push through, but nothing too thorny. Walking in the creek bed tended to be the easiest most of the time though. There seemed to be a fair amount of water, considering it hasn't rained for a few weeks now. After leaving the creek bed, we took a snack break before heading up the steepest part of the ascent, through a cypress grove, before topping out on the road.

It was a quick two miles on the road to reach the top of Spencer Springs. The upper part of Spencer was rather steep and gravelly in places, but had been cleared of brush. Some nice views to the east while near the top of the trail. I managed to fall right at the bottom of the steep part, but luckily landed on a fair amount of padding. Took a lunch break in the creekbed under some trees, then continued to head downhill. The trail is clear the entire way, including through one short section of catclaw. There was a nice amount of water along Spencer as well.

Once we reached West Pinto, we had probably the best fall color of the day, and it was an easy walk back down to the trailhead. Other than some guys in a Polaris on the road at the top, and truck at the trailhead when we finished, we saw nobody else all day. Nice day, and good to see some new territory.
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