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Limestone Trail #252 - Spur Cross
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Limestone Trail #252 - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.87 Miles 1,434 AEG
Hiking7.87 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.95 mph
1,434 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
As I approach my one year anniversary with HAZ I noticed I only needed to add 6 more miles in January to have my first 50 mile month. Not a lot by most standards, but with me being only 18 months "off the sofa" I feel good about it. The wife and I have been on a couple of sections of Limestone Trail before but have never completed the entire length of it. She has a firm dislike for the tread on this track so even asking her to join me was not an option. I also didn't care to go alone so I messaged HAZ member @kingsnake who wrote the guide on this trail. Surprisingly he agreed to do it with me. We decided on a CCW loop. Route shown in photoset.

We met up at the Spur Cross Trailhead and hiked north along the creek with several crossings to pass through into the Tonto National Forest where Trail 252 begins at the old corral. Heading west from the creek the trail climbs s immediately and steeply to Limestone Spring. The box was dry and after a little rest we continued up some more to the saddle and the old ranch gate for some amazing views. Downhill to Page spring and our first views of Elephant Mountain. I gave this trail 4 stars based on the views and scenery. The trail tread itself is not so good. Lots of loose rocks and slippery areas requiring 3 points of contact to stay upright. Very taxing.

We passed the un-named "shortcut" at Rondo Rock and continued west to Ringneck Spring which is where we would head southeast out of the TNF and start the loop back into Spur Cross. Up until now the trail conditions were not very good. From Rondo Rock to Ringneck they became abysmal. And I wanted to do this! I was having a "low energy" day to begin with and now I was really running low on gas. Maybe it's the Coronavirus slowing me down. :-k

After a rest stop at Ringneck Spring (dry) we headed back out on the Elephant Mountain, Tortuga. and Spur Cross Trails to get back to the cars. I had promised Preston a lunch after the hike as a thank you so we headed over to the Mountain View Irish Pub in Cave Creek. They had a shamrock in their logo so I'm guessing it was an Irish joint.
I grabbed $60 bucks when I left home thinking that should be plenty for two lunches. We must have gotten carried away with beers and soups and such so my "guest" had to pitch in to help pay. Living proof that there is no such thing as a free lunch. :D At least we didn't have to wash dishes. Thanks for the hike Preston, I owe you one!
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Box full with trickle overflow.
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