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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
Hiking11.00 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.57 mph
690 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Well the others covered this hike as well as I could. It was great to hike with Brian and Kai, hadn't hiked with Brian for a very long time. Nice to hike with the Greg, Kathy and Pam again as well. Here are the links to their wonderful triplogs:
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I'm not sure what more I can add but maybe some of what I considered the highlights:

First, of course, was the black water blob: Kai. Such a joy to watch an animal in their element. I got lots of video.

Second, the sky for most of the day was a fun element to add to our very photographic day. The clouds changed often and quickly. There was plenty of water and flora to keep us entertained, thus hard to want to move at a fast pace. When you have additional eyes, you get to see additional things.

Third, the creek crossings (18 of them) were much more numerous then I remember but when you are crossing a normally dry creek, the crossings would probably seem less. Greg walked across them like it 'twas nothing while the rest of us were more methodical in trying to find our way across; especially some of the wider crossings. I was trying to get across without pulling out my poles but alas, I would eventually have to give in; especially after I fell getting out of the creek I had just crossed. Bruised my knee and shin pretty bad but all is recuperating slowly.
It's a little tricky once you come to one of the last crossings before the creek as there is no trail. You have to look for a ribbon on a tree to see where the trail starts up again.

Fourth, it was interesting to wander around the ranch. Those rock walls are impressive for their width and that they are still so intact. It's hard to believe they ran cattle out here. Just taking that road in would have been a difficult trip let alone hauling cattle. It would have been frightening when that creek raged if you were living there too; wondering if it was going to break through the rock walls. And then the opposite, hoping they would have enough water when the creek wasn't running at all. That little water tank doesn't seem too sufficient to supply very much water for a very long period of time.
I'll have to go back and read some of the other trip logs of folks that have come through here to see what they thought.

Fifth, hanging out on the creek at the top of the ranch was nice even though the weather was a bit threatening. We got to see the end of New River Mesa as it curved to the east.

We did get to see Fauna: a Cardinal, a snake and new to me, a Merlin and a few ducks. We did get to see lots of Flora including three species, one a juniper-like tree and two other plants that I will try and Rx plus one of those orange fungi-like plant covers. Many trees were just starting to softly leaf out and there were many different types too including some stately sycamores that had not started leafing out just yet. The star, however, were the Saguaro forests across the way and when the light would hit just right, it was really quite something. I bet we saw thousands of saguaros today.

Needless to say I shot a whole lot of video and that really tells the story of our beautiful day on the trail. I have included some of the pictures from my fellow hikers as well as some music of our very own HAZ's LosDosSloFolks. I think these videos turned out particularly nice, a lot of it due to the light.
To the Ranch:
[ youtube video ] to Cave Creek double crossing at the road
[ youtube video ] creek to starting up FR48
[ youtube video ] to the Petroglyphs
[ youtube video ] to the Ranch

At the Ranch and back to the TH
[ youtube video ] at and around the ranch including the creek north of the ranch
[ youtube video ] from the ranch heading back (to the fiberglass on the rock/cat tails, includes Pam's video at a crossing)
[ youtube video ] continuing on the trail and then the old road
[ youtube video ] from the old road, Metate Trail and a slo mo twice of Greg getting on a bridge, plus some LosDosSloFolks guitar music
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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