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Spur Cross Loop with Mariposa Hill #247 CC#4, AZ
mini location map2022-12-27
6 by photographer avatarmuskybankr
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Spur Cross Loop with Mariposa Hill #247 CC#4, AZ 
Spur Cross Loop with Mariposa Hill #247 CC#4, AZ
 
Hiking6.75 Miles 1,239 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.53 mph
1,239 ft AEG      24 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This is one of our favorite loops in the Spur Cross Mountains, utilizing some well-worn trails that don’t appear on my map but are obviously well known to the horses in the area. Start down Spur Cross about one mile to Mariposa Hill, following that as it joins the Tonto National Forest trails. At about the 2 mile mark you will arrive at a cairned intersection; the trail to the right leads to the old concrete water trough on Cottonwood but we turn left and go up the hill, less than a mile, on what we call the Shortcut trail which intersects Cottonwood trail at the 2.65 mile mark, just below Skull Mesa, where we turn left, reaching the Skull Mesa TH on the CaveCreek #4 trail, at near the 4.3 mile mark and from there it’s about 2.5 miles back to the parking lot. This shortcut cuts about 3 miles off the alternate route and about 1000 feet of AEG, both very helpful attributes of this trail, yet not side-stepping any of the scenic views in the Spur Cross Mountains. All photos by Phil
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Cottonwoods in Dragon Fly are golden
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Wildflowers Observation None
Some sort of pink ratany ground cover, if there is such a plant. Other than that, nothing I saw.
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