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Skull Mesa from Spur Cross THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
LJW
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.94 mph
2,200 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Originally wanted to do a loop with Skull Mesa and Cottonwood trails. Went to Spur Cross after work and didn't have enough sunlight or water to get it done starting at 1pm. Attempted to just make it onto Skull Mesa but fell 8/900 ft short.

Spur Cross in passed two groups of hikers. Cottonwood, one group who had gotten an early start on Bronco and did a shuttle between trailheads.

On Skull Mesa Trail I saw three desert tortoises, as well as two rattlesnakes. Nearly stepped on the second one in a moment of dehydrated fatigue. It turned and worked its way under a bush right off the trail where it did some rattling. Running low on water, the snake made it easier to convince myself to turn back.

Saw a half dozen javelina on Cottonwood on the way back as well as what I think was a coral snake by the Spur Cross TH.

Not sure the temps ever made it into the 90s, but the desert and direct sun have a way of making it feel hot.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dirt Trough Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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