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Sugarloaf Mountain - Spur Cross
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2021-01-01  
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Sugarloaf Mountain - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,501 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.29 mph
2,501 ft AEG   3 Hrs   11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to start the New Year off with a bang by going deep into @LosDosSloFolks country and hike up to Sugarloaf Mountain. This was the last remaining "major" peak in the Spur Cross area that I had not summited.

I started out by going CW on the Spur Cross Loop hike. When I got to the Limestone Trail, instead of turning right I continued to the left for a short distance before following a social trail that led to Peterson Spring. This trail was well cairned and mostly easy to follow.

However, past Peterson Spring it was a total bushwhack as I either lost the use trail or it did not continue past the spring. I could see a ridgeline in the distance that went up the north slope of Sugarloaf, so that is what I aimed for. I had to go through a couple of ravines to get there. Once on the ridgeline it was a matter of heading north up the slope. It was steep but not too bad. There was a false summit up ahead, and I was happy to go around it rather than try to climb it. Once around the left side of the false summit, a ridgeline going to the true summit came into view. Once on the ridgeline, it was a fairly easy hike to the summit.

To this point, I had mostly followed the route than @hansenaz used when he summited Sugarloaf Mountain. However, he had descended down the south slope of the mountain, and I had reviewed topo maps and had already decided that descent would be too steep for my liking. So I went back north on the ridgeline for a bit, and then descended down the east side of the mountain. It was somewhat steep, but not too bad. After dropping 400 feet or so I continued the descent by looping around to the SE and then basically south once I had mostly descended the mountain. It was not the greatest off-trail travel, but I eventually made it back to the Limestone Trail, right at the springbox for Limestone Spring. From there I headed SE to the Spur Cross Trail, and took it back to the TH.

I was glad to finally get atop Sugarloaf, but the off-trail portion of this hike was a bit onerous, so I don't think that I'll do this one again anytime real soon. At least it was good practice for some other off-trail hikes that I am thinking of doing: Apache Peaks, Mount Glenn, and Coyote Mountain.
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dry Limestone Spring - Spur Cross Dry Dry
The spring box was completely dry.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peterson Spring - New River Dripping Dripping
Both a concrete spring box and a galvanized metal tank were completely full of water. Water from a pipe was dripping into each.
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