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Towhee Trail - Spur Cross - 14 members in 39 triplogs have rated this an average 2.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 02 2020
WaitingForRain
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31 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Metate Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRain
Hiking4.06 Miles 251 AEG
Hiking4.06 Miles   3 Hrs      1.35 mph
251 ft AEG
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We helped map some invasive plants in Spur Cross this morning. It's amazing the amount of biodiversity in that park- which unfortunately also applies to invasive plants.
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Jan 01 2020
Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Limestone Trail #252 - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,891 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.44 mph
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1st trip
Krista and I began our New Years day off with a rugged, off-trail scramble to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in Spur Cross. We completed a loop of the park while we were at it.
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May 29 2019
RowdyandMe
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66 male
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 Green Valley, AZ
Towhee Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking2.67 Miles 261 AEG
Hiking2.67 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.88 mph
261 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Named place
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Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
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Jan 25 2019
survivordude
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39 male
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 The Basin
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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survivordude
Hiking16.00 Miles 1,657 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   3.05 mph
1,657 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
Another Luna hike in the books. Paid my $3 and passed several large groups on my way to the Tonto line. Anytime I come up here, I go through the Metate trail because why not? It is fantastic. Normal water flow in the creek. Stopped at the glyph area. The aliens are still there.. because we never left. Kept going up creek past the old truck and into a small corral area. We had a small snack and hung put by the creek for a while. When we were leaving I found a trail leading up the hill, so I decided to keep going up it and the path was pretty easy to follow up to where it started to flatten out a bit and I lost the trail until I saw some pink ribbons and I followed those for a while until I lost those also. As I was checking the map and reorienting myself, I came upon a nice ruin area with several walls and some great views. Eventually, I found the Cave Creek trail and took that back to Spur Cross. Luna is loving jumping in all these pools and puddles lately, she is really coming around.
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Jan 13 2019
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Towhee Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
mt98dew
Hiking2.51 Miles 6 AEG
Hiking2.51 Miles      56 Mns   2.69 mph
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As much as a recovery hike as anything. Nice to do something low impact for aching toes, ankles and knees. Actually, felt better after the hike than before. Got started around 7 am. Did a short, clockwise loop...Metate - Towhee - Spur Cross. Recent rains made for a somewhat muddy Spur Cross....Metate and Towhee still in good shape. Cottonwood Creek flowing nicely. Wildlife...saw a hawk and several rabbits.
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Dec 14 2018
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Limestone Trail #252 - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2018
kingsnake
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   3 Hrs      2.30 mph
1,050 ft AEG
 
Now that is cool in the Sonoran Desert, I plan to do a few mine explorations. This Friday, I intended to return to Santa Maria River area, hoping to find something even half as cool as the Weepah-Homestake Mine: [ photoset ] . But that would have required at least some planning & research, and I had too many other things going on last week to put in the necessary time. I was able to quickly change gears to this loop, which I last did in December, 2012. So long ago, I had posted only one video, ever, to Youtube. This hike is my 448th video: [ youtube video ] .

Not much sense in repeating my 2012 triplog, so I'll hit the highlights. 😉

Cave Creek had light flow, but could be dry hopped at each of the three wood plank bridges between Spur Cross Trail and the wilderness boundary a mile north.

There was pretty darn good fall color north of the wilderness boundary.

Judging by others’ reports, the Limestone Spring box is full with decent flow between November and March, at the least. There’s lots of bees, but they are not aggressive. (I stepped across the spring box several times without being stung.) 🐝

I followed the obvious trail up from Limestone Spring, but it was newly established trail. The actual trail, hidden in heavy grass, proceeds up wash for a bit, before cutting through some trees to join up with the new trail. You can’t go wrong either way.

The old gate still tops the saddle between Limestone Spring and Page Spring, which is full of moist sand.

Between the gate and Page Spring, Limestone Trail #252 descends through white rock, worn to chalky powder in many spots. I bet that is limestone. I smart. 🤪

From Page Spring, to the cemented together "Rondo Spring" cairn, south to Tortuga Trail, it is still rocky as all get out. A pain in the tutkis. And feet. Piedra no bueno.

A ½ mile south of the petroglyph rock, the trail surface turns to jeep trail, the surface steadily improving the closer it gets to Cave Creek. For a few hundred yards it is Elephant Mountain Trail, for ¾ of a mile Tortuga Trail, then a ½ mile of Spur Cross Trail to the Metate Trail intersection, closing the loop. On weekends, this section is packed, particularly with dog walkers. On Friday, at lunch time, the only folks I saw were two old ladies resting on a bench by Cave Creek. 👵🏻

This was my 193rd hike of 2018. Unless I break a leg, I'll hit 200. 💪
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Brittlebush were going nuts, in huge clusters. About a half dozen other species scattered here and there.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Limestone Spring - Spur Cross Quart per minute Quart per minute
Decent audible flow. Box full. Lots of bees, but they are non-aggressive.

dry Page Spring - Spur Cross Dry Dry
No longer a spring box: Now a sandbox.
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Nov 04 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Spur Cross Limestone Loop, AZ 
Spur Cross Limestone Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
KBKB
Hiking9.46 Miles 1,522 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   1.96 mph
1,522 ft AEG      20 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
On Sunday, I did a variation of the Spur Cross Loop. My main goal was to hike the Limestone Trail #252, which I've really enjoyed in the past.

I started on Spur Cross, heading north. This eventually turns into Cave Creek Trail #4. Next, I went west and somewhat south on the Limestone Trail. At the end of the Limestone Trail, I met my wife who had hiked out the other direction on Spur Cross and had gone up Elephant Mountain past the Fortress. We continued on Elephant Mountain heading east and slightly south. That led to Tortuga and then back to Spur Cross. I then took the Metate Trail and did Towhee since it was on the way. I returned via the Spur Cross Trail.

I've hiked the Limestone Trail in the past. On past hikes, I've found it to be confusing. On today's hike, it seemed pretty straightforward. The only time I got off trail was at just before three miles in (total) where the Limestone Trail appeared to descend into a wash and the ascend the opposite bank. That turned out to be wrong - it goes into the wash, then turns right, follows the wash for a short ways and then switchbacks to the left up the opposite bank just before the vegetation gets dense. The way I took also worked, but I knew I had gotten it wrong when the somewhat indistinct trail I was on intersected with a very good trail. I hiked back to see how I had gotten it wrong as well as to wring every bit of Limestone goodness out of the trail. 8)

Aside from erosion in a few places on the Elephant Mountain Trail, the trails seemed to be in good condition.

This was my first time on the Metate and Towhee Trails. I saw a number of flowers on the Metate. Towhee isn't very long, but it does provide a few views of the creek. Metate has a better view of Cave Creek at the northeast end.

I encountered only one other hiker on the Limestone Trail. There were a bunch of other trail users on the other trails.
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Apr 08 2018
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Metate Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking6.70 Miles 929 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.26 mph
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1st trip
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Saturday night we had to take my daughter to the airport to be there at 10pm for her one week field trip to Washington DC with her school. This would preclude me being able to get up at my normal 4am time for a longer morning hike, but we were also due for a family hike. I had a loop planned out that was around the 7 mile mark, which is at about their limit. Between the longer drive and the longer hike, an early start was necessary, which would be rough after leaving the airport after 10:30pm. Fortunately, it was nothing that some caffeinated drinks and a 7am Slayer CD wouldn't solve.

My Camelbak bladder had been developing a small leak since Saturday morning and it decided to break loose on the ride out to the trailhead. By the time we got there, water was leaking out of the back before I even opened the hatch. The bladder was half empty. Luckily I had enough extra water in bottles that was enough for our hike.

We started from the Spur Cross TH and paid $3 for me and my wife (Dmitri is under 16, so he hiked for free). At the TH, I saw one other vehicle with a HikeArizona.com sticker. We headed north on the Spur Cross Trail, hiked the Fairy Duster Loop, then did the Mariposa Hill Spur (which is actually the beginning of the shortcut to the Skull Mesa Ruins hike, FYI), then headed back south on the Metate Trail, taking the Towhee side trail and headed back to the parking lot after hiking the Dragonfly Trail.

The solar oasis along the Metate Trail was interesting as it had a manmade pond with water lilies. The Metate Trail especially was the nicest being mostly level and smooth, with a lot of vegetation that gave moderate shade. Heading south on the Dragonfly Trail towards the Jewel of the Creek Preserve I stopped to wait for my family and just happened to notice a petroglyph. It was nice to see that kind of stuff out here. I really think this area is very underrated, I'm always impressed with the scenery even after seeing it several times.

The weather was kind of warm, but not too bad. We averaged well over 2 mph, which is amazing for Dmitri. I was thinking this hike might be a bit overambitious but they all kept up very well. Everyone was pretty spent by the end of it, however, and ready for lunch. I hiked the last 3+ miles without taking a sip of water since I didn't have my Camelbak bladder. Nice to get out on a Sunday morning for a quick hike that pushed the boundaries a little bit.
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Jan 20 2018
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ 
Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking13.05 Miles 2,327 AEG
Hiking13.05 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.33 mph
2,327 ft AEG      19 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was plan B for the day.
Some of my relatives had the first area closed because they needed some "Privacy" while making little Eagles.

So after some conversation, we headed over to Spur Cross and did this loop.

Temps dropped a bit during the hike and we got a steady drizzle starting around 9:15, but we never got the 30mph gusts that were forecast. This is an enjoyable loop on some new sections of trail for me. Cottonwood Spring (the southwestern most, there are 3 in the area) had plenty of water to filter from. There was some plastic pipe, a shovel and pitch fork in the area also.

We hopped into Cottonwood Creek (Dry) for some splorin'. There were a couple of interesting rocky areas. We decided to go up to the next Cottonwood Spring. There was no sign of a spring that we found, but we caught the Cottonwood #247 here to turn around.

Ran into a a couple of other hikers out there prior to hitting the Metate Trail to check out the Huge Saguaros.

Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Plenty to filter from

dry Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
Could find no flow or sign of a spring from this Cottonwood Spring. The other one in the area had plenty of flow.
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Jan 20 2018
joebartels
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50 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ 
Cottonwood Spring Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
joebartels
Hiking12.75 Miles 2,260 AEG
Hiking12.75 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.28 mph
2,260 ft AEG      19 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
247A is signed closed on the near end, which resides inside Spur Cross. The trail is in good shape and well used. To be legal simply hike 0.15 mi further on #4 to the forest boundary where off-designated-trail travel is legal. BTW proposed fee increases on Feb 21st might go live April 1st. If you support this forest buffer not keeping good trails open and charging you more... do absolutely nothing and you help seal the deal.

This wasn't the planned hike and I'm not a huge fan of this area. Which aside from despising the access stems heavily on wet hikes across Skull Mesa. Once again this desert dweller enters the area on a friggen rainy day... bah humbug

The mountain views along this moderate loop are fab. Due to our abbreviated plans Bruce suggested we head out a little further on #247. Passing a side canyon I through out a prayer we explore the narrow looking canyon. Boy howdy did we get lucky! An intriguing stretch flash rocked our peptides.

Then onwards to another Cottonwood Spring. Interesting 2 share the same name within a mile on the same 7.5 topo New River Mesa.

Bruce had the foresight to finish with Metate/Towhee. Which should be a given for every hike in the area. The area is as dry as I've seen. The wild cucumber that arches over Towhee is currently a dry brittle salad.
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Metate Pond

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout At least a quart per min, looks good too

dry Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Area is dry... it is sprinkling right NOW if you hurry!
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Nov 21 2017
RowdyandMe
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 Green Valley, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,110 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.14 mph
1,110 ft AEG      46 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Just a great day to be in Spur Cross. I made a wrong turn on this hike and well it may have added to it. Because of my wrong turn at the Spur Cross/Rondo springs marker I had extra time so with that I added a few more trails.
Those trails being Metate and Towhee trails. And really if not for that wrong turn I would have probably ever hike those two trails. So in away I am glad I made that wrong turn. They weather was perfect and we really hade the trails to our selves at least 90% of the time.
Just a really great day to be hiking out here.
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Saguaro
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Apr 15 2017
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Dragonfly-Elephant-Limestone-Chalk, AZ 
Dragonfly-Elephant-Limestone-Chalk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking15.74 Miles 2,733 AEG
Hiking15.74 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   2.49 mph
2,733 ft AEG      18 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Stayed in town and got out to the Spur Cross / Jewel of the Creek area.

Temps were perfect in the am, and with the afternoon breeze, never got to warm.

Dragonfly Trail, Maricopa Trail, Elephant Mountain, Tortuga Trail, Towhee, Metate, Cave Creek #4 are all in great shape

Limestone #252 is fading away. It is also filled with icky Foxtail grass.
All 18 minutes of break time were to pull them from my shoes.
Another 45 minutes at home to get them from my shoes and socks.

Saw a Gila Monster in the tall grass, and a bit later, a dead Gray Fox in the middle of the trail. Coincidence?
Flora
Flora
Desert Mariposa
Fauna
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Gila Monster
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cave Creek - SPRCA Light flow Light flow
Plenty to filter from

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Creek Light flow Light flow
Plenty of flow in areas.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Limestone Spring - Spur Cross Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Actual spring is 50 yards up hill from catchment. Plenty of cool clear water to filter from

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Page Spring - Spur Cross Dripping Dripping
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Old cement catchment is filled in with sand, there is some pooled water. Lots of bees in the area.
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Sep 11 2016
JasonCleghorn
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 Anthem, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JasonCleghorn
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,044 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.84 mph
1,044 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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My first real adventure in a hot minute. I love love love Cave Creek, and specifically Spur Cross Ranch!!! I was at the TH before first light and paid my dues with headlamp at the self pay station. Saw about 15 javelina, one of which snorted at me at the first Cave Creek crossing. Made my way up over to Limestone Spring which was dry. All the water sources out there, expectedly are dry as a bone including Cave Creek itself.

After a hot summer in which I've had some medical issues, it felt good to get out and be alone in a beautiful beautiful place.
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May 01 2016
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,550 AEG
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From Spur Cross we took Cave creek out to 6L ranch and then east to join trail 4 and back to Spur Cross.

Saw a gila monster on the connector trail and checked out the crash site. Got sprinkled on a few times but nothing much. I can’t believe these temps in early May - about 64 when we started and 74 at the end. Perfect!
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Jan 30 2016
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 Mesa, AZ
Dragonfly Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
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Charger55
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1st trip
Jewel of the Creek
A short hike I seek
The most exercise
I've had in a week

Get back into shape
And my body won't ache
Wash the hike down
With a chocolate milkshake
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Jan 29 2016
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Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.90 Miles 735 AEG
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Hiked up to the petroglyphs. Some friends from out of town want to do this hike next week. Just wanted to make sure the creek crossings were manageable for them. Lots of folks on the trails today. One group of three guys were totally lost. Got them headed back to the parking lot (hopefully).

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Nice flow in the creek
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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AZBeaver
Hiking7.90 Miles 735 AEG
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Beautiful day to hike Cave Creek, Spur Cross, with 8 creek crossings to the petroglyphs and back. I always get a thrill crossing creeks. It's always a fun ballet of balance tip toeing on rocks.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Creek Light flow Light flow
Nice flow.
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Spur Cross - 48 Meander, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking9.31 Miles 630 AEG
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Beautiful day..
Went out the my GF and the dog, to take a walk, play in the water, and check out some Native American Stuff.
The water's down from a few weeks ago, so you should be able to stay dry at all 6 water crossings.
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Feb 15 2015
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mazatzal
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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From Spur Cross we took Cave creek out to 6L and then east to join trail 4 and back to SC. We saw a couple of Blackhawks but none that came down to the ranch :lol:
We only saw 3 folks at the main petroglyph site along the trail. We spotted a few more walls, glyphs and shards above 6L ranch but forgot to go look for the crash site.
Not sure what the skull we found was from. Great hiking weather!
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 Phoenix,Az
Towhee Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking7.61 Miles 1,130 AEG
Hiking7.61 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.67 mph
1,130 ft AEG
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This hike was planned to be an exploratory for an upcoming Skull Mesa hike. I wanted to take trail 247A in and see where it connected to the Cottonwood and whether I needed to go further east on the Cottonwood to reach the east access point for the Skull Trail. My recollection says that is the case, but I'm not sure. And unfortunately I ran short on time that I wasn't able to confirm that. Can anyone confirm?. 5:00pm was fast approaching and I was still not to the Cottonwood Spring. The shortness of time, plus a side trail which I had noticed on a previous hike kept me from achieving my intention.

Basically, I went in on the Spur Cross and then took 247A in for about 1 mile to a cairned split in the trail. The 247A stays relatively flat and continues in a more eastward direction. The unnamed split that I followed heads up a hill in a more northward direction. This unnamed trail basically connects into the Cottonwood at a much earlier point than the 247A trail as described by gpsJoe. I then took the Cottonwood back to the Spur Cross. Cave creek was flowing nicely and I got to hop the stream 6 times before getting to the Metate which I took back to the car simply because it is so much nicer than the Spur Cross. Got back to the car just before 7pm. Saw a few people as I was heading in on the Spur Cross, but didn't see anyone after the first 30 minutes. I did see 6 javelina as I was heading back on the Cottonwood.
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