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Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 26 2020
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Backpack17.89 Miles 1,749 AEG
Backpack17.89 Miles2 Days         
1,749 ft AEG
 
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I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to do a nice little winter over night trip into the desert with Katie and our pack. Initially, I had thought about something in the Supes, but reports of bone dry creek beds and washes had me considering other options the morning we were set to leave the house.

During my mulling it all over, I remembered back to a pleasant backpack [ photoset ] with Blanco out of the Seven Springs Trailhead on Christmas Day six years ago and decided we could to do a light variation of that trip and by light variation, we started on the same trail and that was it, but it was equally as enjoyable and pleasant.

Cave Creek is very scenic right now with some lingering fall colors and nicely flowing water as usual. We backpacked in as far as where the trail crosses Mattys Fork. The cattle have the trail messed up in spots and have muddled up navigation with several crisscrossing use trails, I accidentally led us down a couple of these use trails and we missed our crossing in a couple of spots, but one of the missteps did lead to a new ruin find, so we were not mad. We followed the trail perfectly on the way back. We ended up with an excellent campsite just above Cave Creek near where Mattys Fork drains into it. We found some ruins near camp that kept us busy for a little bit and then it was the usual camp chores and fighting to stay out of the tent until 8. Overnight conditions were perfect.

On the second day we hung our packs along the trail and continued down the Cave Creek Trail for some light exploring and playing with Javelinas. We ended up coming across a pretty nice petroglyph site and the usual barely discernible piles of rocks. After our little side trip, we took our time on the hike out, which included an extended break along the creek for the dogs to play and humans to rest.

This area delivered again and provided the perfect overnight trip into the desert for our large pack, aging pups and my less enthused knees. This is a great area and I appreciate it even more in the context of the desert landscapes we have lost in the last year.
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