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Cottonwood Loop from Spur Cross, AZ
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Cottonwood Loop from Spur Cross, AZ 
Cottonwood Loop from Spur Cross, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2021
rayhuston
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,456 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   1.88 mph
1,456 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Greg and I have been talking about hiking for a few weeks now. After I bailed on him last minute last weekend, we made it happen today.

I've only been in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area once before. I looked forward to hiking there again. Since Greg spends a fair amount of time out there and knows it well, I asked him to offer up some hikes in the area. He did, and I selfishly picked the hardest one :( . Greg was game, though, even adding a couple of miles along the way :) .

We met at the trailhead parking lot a few minutes before 7am. We were on the trail soon after. Greg was the perfect host, pointing out landmarks, trail options, history and many excellent vistas along the way. I was so enamored by the tour, that I am anxious to get back out there again. We agreed to another hike or two before it gets too hot.

We didn't see much in the way of critters. I spotted an Arizona Jack Rabbit. We heard many Arizona Cardinals but didn't see any. It was warm enough for our slithering reptilian friends to awaken from their slumber, but we didn't see any.

If you like saguaros, and I do, this is a great place to see them. We came across one that was a monster. Greg dubbed it "Bubba." Most that we saw were healthy, similar to the lush countryside that we hiked through. It's been awhile since I hiked in an area that's wasn't burned to a crisp or dry beyond recognition.

There was also water in Cave Creek. Enough that we had to rock hop across the creek a couple of times. I even got my feet wet. There were lots of people out, but most were close to the trailheads. We saw a few farther out on #247. The weather was cool and breezy at the start, but warmed up nicely as the day went on. I saw 91 degrees on my weather app as I was leaving.

We had some snacks and refreshments courtesy of Greg when we finished. A very nice end to a just about perfect day. I haven't been doing much lately, so I was a bit stiff afterwards. I thank Greg for getting me off my duff and back on the trails. Good to see you again, Greg. Keep me posted on your availability. Let's see if we can work in those hikes we talked about.
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