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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,288 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles
1,288 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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This has been on my list and with warm weather closing in I figured I better do it now or it would have to wait until fall. Mrs. SloFolks passed on my invite so I asked @outdoor_lover to join me and she said yes! Pam takes a lot of pretty pictures and that slows her down to exactly my speed...perfect. Our double lasso loop is shown in the photoset.

We started at 6am from the Spur Cross parking lot and it was COLD. We froze our :pk: off for the first two miles. I live just south of Spur Cross and during the winter it is usually a few degrees warmer up there than at my home, cool air sinking and all. It was 51* when I left home and 37* and very windy 5 minutes later. Go figure. Once moving I was OK with the exception of my hands and ears. FYI...Black Diamond trekking gloves do not provide any warmth...at all.

The absolute highlight of the trek up occurred during our first rest stop at Shulte Spring at the far east end of Chalk Canyon. Two F-15 fighter jets (I believe that's what they were...it happened so fast) flew over our heads clearing the canyon walls by not very much. The second hit his after burner and we could see the orange glow out of the engine. He did a super fast bank turning the air around his wings and tails to turn into water vapor. The sound was deafening and the visual was jaw dropping. Within just a few seconds they were screaming over Skull Mesa at a very low level and gone. They were having some big time fun!

To keep the triplog a reasonable length I'll provide more info in the photo captions. The ruins were interesting and we found lots of petroglyphs on top of the mesa near the remains of the 30 room settlement. Pottery shards were prevalent and the views from the top were incredible.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots and lots of New Mexico Thistle along with all the other usual suspects.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cave Creek - SPRCA Medium flow Medium flow

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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Chalk Spring Dripping Dripping

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Metate Pond 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Shulte Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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