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May 29 2019
stacyboyd
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 Joined May 27 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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stacyboyd
Hiking10.00 Miles 902 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.86 mph
902 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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The weather was cooler than usual for late May so we decided to trek from Spur Cross over to CC regional. Toughest part was the car shuttle that morning.. :) Anyways, started from Spur Cross and completed most of the elevation gain within the first 3-4 miles... very gradual. Next, headed over to CC regional... passed by the trail that leads up to Elephant mtn on the way. We saw 2 other people in Spur that morning.. don't think the connecting trail is heavily used maybe by mtn bikes on the weekends. Anyways, finished at the Go John trail and then drove back to Spur to retrieve a car. Nice hike in terms of distance, scenery and solitude and a little bit of gain along the way.
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Sun_Ray
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71 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Limestone Trail #252 - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.36 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking6.36 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.16 mph
940 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
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We did a counter clockwise loop starting on a Spur Cross Trail heading North. Creek crossings with water in all but first dry crossing. Took a lot of time finding place to cross. Took my shoes off once. Heavy tall grass in some areas made watching for snakes a joke. Still as rocky as ever. This will be the last time for Jude and I.
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Mar 08 2019
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2019
kingsnake
Hiking12.23 Miles 1,126 AEG
Hiking12.23 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.97 mph
1,126 ft AEG
 
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Pretty good pace, eh?

I must say, I am rather pleased with myself, even though this hike is not a rugged one. 😁

My wife & I left Sunnyslope at the usual 6:00 a.m., but since it’s only a 45-minute drive to Spur Cross, rather than the 2-3 hours my hiking drives often take, we arrived early in the Town of Cave Creek. So, on the way into town we stopped for breakfast at the Wagon Wheel cafe for breakfast. The food was cheap, hot & filling. 👍

When I started hiking at 9:00 a.m. it was overcast & breezy, and would remain so for hours. Taking flower photos with my crappy pocket camera is difficult enough, even on the macro setting: Poor light and breeze blowing light flowers about, makes it even more difficult. 😕

Cave Creek was a few inches deep, and still running pretty good. The wood plank ‘bridge’ had been replaced, so I took that rather than a rock hop crossing.

I found desert globemallow, Mexican gold poppy, owl clover, blue dick (no giggling!), flat top buckwheat, scorpionweed, brittlebush (of course), tons of globe chamomile, lupine, dandelion and a couple of more species I am clueless on. Let me know if you can ID them. 🤔

There are five gates on this hike. None require struggling with a loop of barbwire to get them closed: You can walk right across them. (Cattle not so much.) The first gate is located at the south boundary of Spur Cross Conservation Area, just before Rodger Creek.

The Maricopa Trail portion of this hike is 4.2 downhill miles from Rodger Creek to the boundary of Cave Creek Regional Park. Part of it is on old jeep trail, part on pavement, and part on regular foot / MTB / horse trail. Not exactly exciting, especially when it passes by the nascent luxury development — 1-2 acre lots! — but it is still exercise. Even before the roads were put in, it was not the most scenic terrain: just desert scrub. But there are good views of Apache Peak, and the sun had finally made its debut. 🌤

Note that there currently is a luxury development bypass that runs from Gate #2, at Cahava Rd., south to Gunsight, where it rejoins this route just before it intersects with Go John Trail in CCRP. (Gunsight is the small peak southeast of Apache Spring.) It looks like the bypass may shave a mile off this hike’s total distance.

I found the best flowers on Go John Trail between the old mine and the CCRP nature center. Not only was the sun now bright, but the flowers were healthy, colorful & open. To photograph one cluster of lupine, I actually laid half in the road. 💪

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At least 15 species, but most scattered instances. TONS of globe chamomile. Fair amount of Mexican Gold Poppy, but the ones in Spur Cross were closed up & dropping leaves. Brittlebush looking bushed. Scattered lupine and fiddleneck. Only globemallow along Dragonfly Trail.

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Still a couple of inches deep. Enough so, I made used of the replaced wood plank bridge, rather than attempt a rock hop crossing.
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Feb 03 2019
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Did a modified Spur Cross loop: Dragonfly - Tortuga - Elephant Mtn - Limestone - Spur Cross and Metate.

It rained the whole time we were there! No views but the flora was good.
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Dec 26 2018
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking12.44 Miles 2,845 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   5 Hrs   36 Mns   2.40 mph
2,845 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Apr 15 2017
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Dragonfly-Elephant-Limestone-Chalk, AZ 
Dragonfly-Elephant-Limestone-Chalk, AZ
 
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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
 
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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?
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Plenty to filter from

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Plenty of flow in areas.

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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

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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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Mar 17 2017
AZWanderingBea
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,432 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.22 mph
1,432 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Stephanie mentioned the Elephant Mountain trail a few weeks ago. Thought it might be good for views and wildflowers about now, so off we all went to Spur Cross. Knew the day would get warm before we finished, so we went counter clockwise to get the climb out of the way early and finish in shade at the Jewel of the Creek. Flowers are maybe a week before prime, but still substantial. Noshed a bit on some juicy wolfberries along the way up Elephant.

Bumped into a solo hiker on her first Spur Cross outing. Helped with finding her way (and promoted HAZ, again).

The cottonwoods by the creek gave off nice shade when we stopped to wet some bandannas in the cool clear flow to combat the increasing heat. All is green and lush in that area, so pleasant!

Timed the drive home to allow red beer(s) for the Kutie and some a couple of full (blue) moons for the Beav with salads for all. Another fun outing to Spur Cross!
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Mar 17 2017
AZBeaver
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65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2017
AZBeaver
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,432 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.22 mph
1,432 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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We decided to hike Spur Cross area to see wildflowers and mission was accomplished! Absolutely beautiful on the Elephant Mountain Trail. It was like the Wizard of Oz walking through a field of poppies. The weather was warm and the climb was steep but the beauty made it so rewarding. Read AZWandering Bear's write-up for more details.
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KactusKutie
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48 female
 Joined Dec 22 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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KactusKutie
Hiking8.00 Miles 667 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.22 mph
667 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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This hike was exactly what I hoped for in regards to the wild flowers, greenery and of course of beautiful landscape. The water was flowing, hummingbirds were curious, the canyon wrens were vocal and there were no rattle snakes! The beauty was exactly what I had hoped for and can't be missed. I learned about wolf berries, delicious!!!
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poppies, globe mallow, fairy dusters, Indian paintbrush, daisy, brittle bush
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Nov 06 2016
WaitingForRain
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30 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Mountain Loop (Spur Cross), AZ 
Elephant Mountain Loop (Spur Cross), AZ
 
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WaitingForRain
Hiking7.00 Miles
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We did the loop up Elephant Mountain that uses Tortuga and parts of Spur Cross. Left around 4p and finished at about 6:40p, in the dark. It ended up being fine, but with all the rocks in these trails, they aren't great for night hiking (imo). It was such a beautiful hike though! I am so glad that I finally did this one. I definitely recommend it.
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May 08 2016
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.77 mph
1,500 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Went back to Spur Cross and did a loop on the west side of Cave Creek this time: along Cave Creek / TR 48 to the corral, then Limestone trail over to Elephant Mtn and back to trailhead on Tortuga and Dragonfly.

Saw another gila monster and a deer.
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Feb 06 2016
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,867 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   2.19 mph
1,867 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
Hiked the Elephant Mountain loop from Spur Cross with my hiking buddies Tricia and Christina. Ran up to the Limestone Trail in the Tonto NF and took that west to connect to the Elephant Mountain Trail. Returned to the lot via Dragonfly. Nobody up in the Tonto, a fair amount of hikers on Elephant Mountain and Maricopa Trail. Masses of people on the Dragonfly trail and Jewel of the Creek.
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Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,287 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   1.99 mph
1,287 ft AEG
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Actually did this hike from Spur Cross to CCRA, but want to keep these hikes all together. This was a ranger lead hike with ranger from both CCRA and Spur Cross starting out with a group from each end. We met in the middle and the ranger switched groups so they could return to their individual parks. We had 8 hikers in our group starting from Spur Cross. Slowest time for this hike, but expected as we were with a group asking questions and taking pictures.
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Stoic
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43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Stoic
Hiking12.77 Miles 1,314 AEG
Hiking12.77 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.79 mph
1,314 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I parked at the at Bentley Mine Rd and N 40th Dr. (So it says on the map). I first hiked East, to an area right outside of Cave Creek Regional Park. It linked up with a previous hike. I then hiked 2 miles West to link up with Apache Peak hike that I did earlier this year. That finished the Maricopa CCRP to New River Road hike. I then hiked the Maricopa Trail North West to the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. I hiked about 1 mile into the Conservation Area. I turned around when the trial met up with the Elephant Mountain Trail. I took a couple minutes to snack, then headed back to my truck. Looking at satellite views of the area, I took different trails back, whenever I could. I did backtrack 1/4 mile toward Apache Peak to get a little more mileage in today. I had a huge cloud over me 85% of the hike. If it wasn't for that cloud cover I wouldn't have attempted the full version of this hike. Two HAZ mile stones for me today. My first 1000 miles and 200,000 AEG logged. :y: Edit** ((Im glad I added that 1/4 mile back track to this hike. I ended up at 1000.22 total miles))
I did run into a rattlesnake today. He was perfectly camouflaged right next to the trail. He is even hard to see in the pictures I took. All rattle snakes need to be tattooed with a bright pink line down their back, and have some kind of LED light or disco ball inserted in their tails. Who wants to start the petition?
I believe Az Wondering Bear found cow tag #1 a couple weeks ago. I found #2. I wonder where 3 is? Anyone?
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May 16 2015
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,860 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.59 mph
1,860 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Can't believe its mid May! About 50 when we started and 60 at the end :) At lunch the breeze picked up and the sun went behind a cloud and we both felt chilly so we set off moving again :lol:

Spur Cross :next: Metate :next: Spur Cross trail :next: Limestone trail :next: Elephant Mountain trail :next: Tortuga :next: Maricopa trail :next: Dragonfly :next: Spur Cross

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Dec 07 2014
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Spur Cross Live Nativity Loop, AZ 
Spur Cross Live Nativity Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2014
chumley
Hiking5.99 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking5.99 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.55 mph
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Despite the no- :pk: disclaimer, when Lee texted me and asked if I wanted to go on sunset hike, I was a little :scared: . So I brought Clairebear along too! :)

The plan was to enjoy the scenery in Spur Cross before checking out the amazing 62nd annual live Nativity performance at the Conservation Area.*

The road was lined with paper bags on fire, and we drove over as many as we could to try to prevent any catastrophic wildfire in the desert. Some nice ladies from church yelled at us saying things that probably aren't biblically approved. :oops:

After a nice loop in the mountains, we returned to the trailhead in the dark like three wisemen with headlamps. I strolled up on Mary and curiously questioned her virgin status while Blanco and Cup harrassed the sheep. Apparently fotg had forgotten the leashes again. ](*,)

Most of the folks were drinking coffee and hot cider, but nobody really looked at me too strangely as I sauntered through with a Devil's Ale in my hand. I grabbed a few photos before heading back to the truck where I heard something about kidnapping some kid in swaddling clothes. [-X

On the drive out, we nearly killed three kings on horseback. That woulda probably ruined the night for Bob Hutson, the soothing voice who was emceeing the whole event.

Despite the distractions of the season, it's a pretty nice area that I'd never been to before. Perhaps we'll have to come back next year!

: rein :

*Portions of this tale may be fictionalized.
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Cottonwoods just beginning to turn in Cave Creek

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Dry at the crossing marked on the map here. Some small pools upstream possibly from rain this past week.

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Trough is full, and water is dripping from the spring source up the canyon.

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Not quite dry, but not even dripping. A trough of just a small puddle, mostly dirt.
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clairebear
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37 female
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 Tempe, AZ
Limestone Trail #252 - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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clairebear
Hiking6.10 Miles 940 AEG
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I was feeling fortunate to be included last minute on this(Christmas) hike so that I could get in one hike for the weekend, and in a new area to boot ^^

It was super nice of Cave Creek to line the way for us with all the paper bags along the side of the road to the trail head. The area is super scenic- the first part of the hike is super green and lush. After hiking uphill for a ways there are nice views and we stopped for an uber-quick beer. The sun was setting and there were mosquitos, but no one had bug spray lol.

We got back to the trailhead at dark, guided by the purple lights of the live Nativity. It was super charming- a beautiful first Christmas hike. : rein :

NOTE: I was feeling good about myself because I did not fall on this trail, unlike my previous, clumsy hike on the ole Ballantine trail-- AND we were hiking out in the dark. Take that Ballantine trail!
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mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,860 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.71 mph
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Back to Spur Cross :roll: but this time we did a loop to the west side rather than the east.

Spur Cross :next: Metate :next: Spur Cross trail :next: Limestone trail :next: Elephant Mountain trail :next: Tortuga :next: Maricopa trail :next: Spur Cross

Nice to see Kelly on our way back to the trailhead :)

It wasn't very busy at Spur Cross today and we didn't see anyone while we were in Tonto NF but we did see a tarantula :lol:

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Mar 23 2014
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spur Cross to CCRA - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2014
Sun_Ray
Hiking7.49 Miles 1,007 AEG
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Joined the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona for this hike. The group wanted to cut the distance so we left one vehicle at the Jewel of the Creek trail head in Spur Cross area. We then drove back or West on Carefree Hwy, North or right on 24st, right or East on Saddle Mountain Rd until it goes left at a 90* turn North. We ran into the Maricopa Trail about 50 yards East of the trail junction where if you go straight it's toward Anthem, 90* right toward Spur Cross. Drove about half a mile actually on the Maricopa Trail...felt weird. Parked and headed toward Apache Spring. Across that large mesa with Elephant MT. in front of you to the North. We joined the Maricopa Trail at the point where you have followed the barb wire fence and make a left going through the gate. We hiked trail until we got to Dragonfly Trial then on into Jewel of the Creek and up the short hill to the parking lot. Going this way was 7.5 miles rather than the 11 miles it usually is. Took us 4:40 minutes as we stopped a lot for the dogs and 2 long breaks. Just Jamie (club leader) and Jodi with us today.
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JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2013
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking24.52 Miles 4,040 AEG
Hiking24.52 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   3.31 mph
4,040 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Couldn't help but take advantage of this beautiful day and get out and do some hiking. This spot can get real warm in the summer months so it's best to do it this time of year.

I didn't see a single person for the first twelve miles with the exception of the County employees collecting money. Then I saw 5 within a mile and nobody else all day. That seems crazy to me.

On my way out it was a little after 5pm. The Coyotes were starting to howl, and when I looked over I saw it was almost a full moon! Very cool!
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