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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,944 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   1.94 mph
1,944 ft AEG
 
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The first time I did this hike, it was June 2002. It was the first time I hiked in this area, so I didn't realize how long the drive was to get out there. I saw the hike in the 100 Classic Hikes in AZ book and it said 8 miles. It's more like 11. I mistakenly thought it would be a casual Sunday afternoon hike. I remember driving home in the dark and having to get up early for work the next day.

This time I got a much earlier start, and decided to hike it in October, when the weather is cooler and the 7 Springs area has a lot of fall color. It was pretty cool in the morning, but it warmed up quickly once the sun hit, as usual. The Cave Creek Trail is nice in the level spot, and then as it climbs and descends, the rockiness starts to wear a bit. Nice pools of water to be seen below.

Quien Sabe gives the best vista views on this hike. Got a glimpse of the Skull Mesa ruins just at the bottom of the trail. It's a big climb, but it doesn't seem too bad since it's not really steep at all.

Skunk Tank Trail is a pain. Loose potato sized rocks everywhere. For a trail that loses all that elevation from the high point of this hike (going counter clockwise), there sure are a lot of uphill sections. At Quien Sabe spring I got sidetracked off the main trail, which added about a total 0.4 miles to the hike.

On my 8th mile, Route Scout glitched out on me and didn't record for nearly a mile. It suddenly started again on its own and gave a much longer reading of 44 minutes for that mile, which was really 1.5 miles. After that it was fine. the route is posted so I could measure my sidetracked portion to get my total mileage.

Packed a lunch but ate at the car when I was done, then had to manage my way through detours on the way home since the 101 south was closed until about 2 pm.
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