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Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2020
rcorfman
Hiking12.94 Miles 2,325 AEG
Hiking12.94 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.77 mph
2,325 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Last May, a geocache was hidden along trail 247 and since the temps were expected to cool off, I decided to make the hike and find it. I debated whether to start at Spur Cross or the Bronco trailhead. I've never hiked from the latter, so I chose it. Started walking just before 6am. It was almost chilly but closer to perfect out when I started. When I finished, almost 5 hours later, it was low 80s, so quite a nice day for a longer hike.

Bronco Trail was in pretty good condition. It's used a fair bit and was mostly clear of brush, though rocky in places but not too bad. The trail was obviously less used and more brushy immediately after the junction to Cottonwood Trail. In general, I had no trouble following it though once along Cottonwood Creek there was a lot more brush and I had to pause in a few places to see where to go.

After the junction to Skull Mesa Trail #248, 247 follows a ridge then drops fairly steeply back down to Cottonwood Creek. Near the bottom, where the trail was recently reworked, it was broken up with the last drop to creek bed. A couple good rains and it may be a big mess. The geocache was shortly after that and where I turned back.

Since I expected the trail may be overgrown and have pokey things, I wore shoes. First time in a long time and wouldn't you know it, but my middle right toe got bruised. I like my shoes fairly loose and I think I may be loosing a nail in the future. Should a just worn the sandals.

It was nice to walk some trail I've never been on before and to see a different view of Skull Mesa, Elephant Mt., Sugarloaf, etc.
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