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Elephant Mtn Loop - Spur Cross, AZ
mini location map2019-12-14
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Elephant Mtn Loop - Spur Cross, AZ 
Elephant Mtn Loop - Spur Cross, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking7.14 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.72 mph
1,473 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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This was a Grandpa duty assignment - take two of my GKs on a day hike. I decided it was time to introduce them to one of the many ancient Indian ruins that dot the desert foothills northeast of Phoenix and test their endurance and interest levels for a hike that was a few miles longer than any they'd been on before. My choice for this hike was the Elephant Mountain loop in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area with a short side trip to see the remains of a 600-700 year old fortress type Indian ruin on top of a small butte overlooking the Cave Creek area. The hike was a success, they enjoyed seeing the ruins and set a lively pace except when stopping for snack breaks to eat left-over pizza. I was worn out by the end of the hike but the GKs were still going strong.
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