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Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2009
tibber
Hiking5.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.57 mph
600 ft AEG
 
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A beautiful day for a hike. I took Linda and Anne around "my" Spur Cross though I hadn't been out here since April 2008.

It's been almost 2 years since I last hiked this particular route so I had forgotten a few things: the first hill of the Tortuga is a little longer than I remembered and the second hill is not as long, though steeper. Once past the fence area along Elephant Mtn trail heading north and west, the trail is a lot rockier than I remember. There are signs posted, "primitive trail" and they aren't kidding. I would say it is important to wear your good hiking shoes/boots.

I also forgot that you go down toward the ravine (north and west) before heading back up (north and east)past the Rhondo Springs rock marker. In areas, the trail also seems a bit slicker than I remember with a little more loose rock as you are going in and out of a couple wash/ravine areas. And last, you do gain some pretty good elevation before heading east down the backside of the hike (north end).

In some areas the trail is getting skinnier, in other words, it needs some clipping as certain areas are a little difficult to get through without turning sideways. The creek was completely dry. In all of the times I've hiked this area, even when we had that stretch of over 141 days (?) without rain, Cave Creek has never been dry. However, both of the springs (troughs) had water.

We came back via the Metate Trail. And as always, the giant saguaros are impressive. The expanse of the dry Cave Creek that you cross several times is beautiful in its own right as well.

After the intersection with Spur Cross Trail that runs south off of the Tortuga, we didn't see any other people on the trail in spite of an almost full parking area. We had "Nick Fraley" skies and great broken light so I got some great pictures. However, I'm way behind on editing/posting so it will be awhile. The good news is I only took 86 pictures :D .
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