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6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ
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6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ 
6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking11.00 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
690 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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This one's been on our list for a while. While we have hiked in this area many times we never made it quite as far north as the actual location of the 6L Ranch proper. The ranch was originally homesteaded in 1914 by brothers John and William Lewis. They have quite a history in the area having first settled in the Superstitions from Indiana before relocating to Cave Creek. They played fiddle and guitar (as Cathy and I also do) and they entertained the Cartwrights and other homesteaders along the creek on a weekly basis. Laissez les bon temps rouler.

HAZ member Sun_Ray (Brian), had originally planned to go with us in January but things came up with his schedule but now he was ready. We invited Tibber and Outdoor Lover (Angela and Pam) also seeing as it was International Women's Day. :) Brian informed us he couldn't do the entire trek but would go as far as the ranch entrance gate at the 4.2 mile mark before turning around. He brought along his dog Kai, who enjoyed the water as much as any pooch I've ever seen. We just couldn't help but smile and laugh at his delight.

The trek up the creek was one of the best and prettiest ever. There will some more green in the willows and sycamores in a couple of weeks but hey, it was near heaven up there. Temperatures were perfect, water was flowing great in the creek and the Cottonwoods were quaking in the perfect breeze. This is starting to sound like a romance novel. :? Being that far north we were able to see the full length of New River Mesa at the same time. Quite the sight. We followed the trail past the ranch boundary for a short while until it disappeared altogether. Angela and Pam found a great site at the creek where we took a break and ate some lunch on some huge boulders. I'm sure Tibber will likely have that on her video. It was a great spot. You can't help but wonder what it was like living there full time over 100 years ago. Then you start thinking about the Hohokam living there also, but 800-1000 years ago. :-k

The hike back was just as nice. More info will be added to the photo captions. We saw some neat things along the way. I suppose I should mention that this hike had at minimum 18 creek crossings. Some of them were very entertaining and that's all I'm going to say about that. :lol:
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