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Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2018
Hiking15.50 Miles 3,150 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.46 mph
3,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break
1st trip
I haven't hiked in the Cave Creek area in a while, so Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to make our first ever hike to Quien Sabe Peak.

We started and ended the hike at the Cave Creek TH. We did an inverted lollipop loop hike. The loop was a CCW loop starting at Cave Creek Trail #4, then Skunk Tank Trail #246, then Cottonwood Trail #247 for a short distance, and then back to Cave Creek Trail #4. While on the Skunk Tank Trail, we went on the Quien Sabe Trail #250 for about a mile, and then went off-trail for about a mile to Quien Sabe Peak.

I followed the GPS track posted by Hansenaz. The GPS track that I posted pretty much mimics Hansenaz's track, although on the way back I went over to see if I could find Quien Sabe Spring. About all I found was a lot of catsclaw and a deer antler.

I really enjoyed this hike, particularly the first stretch on Cave Creek Trail #4. Most of that section of the hike was in a riparian area along Cave Creek. There was quite a bit of water running in this section of Cave Creek.

The Quien Sabe Trail was in better shape than I thought it would be. The off-trail section wasn't bad -- it was similar to hiking on Skull Mesa, although it was easier than hiking on Skull Mesa. There were some prickly pear cactus and other pleasantries to deal with while hiking offtrail up to Quien Sabe, but the cactus were easy to spot and just walk around. The worst part of the off-trail portion was all of the lava rock that you had to deal with -- it wouldn't be too hard to twist an ankle if you weren't careful.

There were actually 2 summits on Quien Sabe, and I am not certain which one is the highest. The first one that you come to has some large, waist-high rocks on it. Just to the east is another summit that has a summit cairn on it and a logbook inside the cairn. My GPS recorded the first summit as being about one foot higher, but the altimeter in my GPS is not precise enough for me to say for sure which of the 2 summits is the highest. The summit logbook was just in plastic sandwich bag, and something -- most likely a rodent -- had eaten through the bag and chewed a corner off of the logbook.

There was quite a bit of fall color along Cave Creek. There were also quite a few wildflowers blooming in various sections of the hike.

It was cooler at the TH than I thought it would be. It was 31 when we started the hike, and was 59 when we got back. This was on a day when the high was about 75 in Phoenix. The weather was close to perfect for the hike though.

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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were some fairy dusters still in bloom, but they were past their prime. I also saw quite a few other wildflowers blooming, but I do not know what they are.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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