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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
Mar 06 2022
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 Joined Aug 08 2020
 Phx az
Slate Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2022
ScaredyCatTriplogs 74
Hiking12.83 Miles 1,344 AEG
Hiking12.83 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   3.09 mph
1,344 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break
 
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Joined a meetup group for this outing. We started the hike from the Slate TH. Soon visited the "Michelin Man" cactus. We then looped around to the Go John trail.

At this point I branched off on my own to vie for a lengthier route. I then veered off onto the Maricopa trail. Goodbye people 😎 I followed it till I lost the trail. I then turned back to the Go John trail.

The next extension was the Overton Trail. Upon completion, I added a bit of the Go John trail I had missed.
Jan 29 2022
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Peak - Maricopa Trail, AZ 
Apache Peak - Maricopa Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2022
BiFrostTriplogs 1,070
Hiking10.35 Miles 2,817 AEG
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2,817 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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From the trailhead on New River Road we headed up Apache Peak. Nice summit break and early lunch with bluebird views. After the summit we decided to explore different way down the peak and found another trail that linked Maricopa Trail. We hiked to the far end where Maricopa Trail heads east into Spur Cross rec area so good to see that connection. After that we followed Maricopa back to the trailhead.
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Jan 29 2022
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2022
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking10.07 Miles 1,374 AEG
Hiking10.07 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.26 mph
1,374 ft AEG
 
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Hiked the Go John loop and did a spur of MT up towards Spur Cross area, stopping where I left off 2 weeks ago. Some of the MT has been re-routed and that area in general I think has been developed more. One section has a paved road, which I don't remember the last time I hiked this, over 10 years ago. I found an equestrian trail along the MT up towards Spur Cross. it's not far from Apache Peak and New River Rd, which also has a trailhead. Looks like a possible reconnaissance excursion some day.
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Oct 21 2021
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63 male
 Joined Dec 02 2020
 Phoenix, AZ
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2021
PhxRilesTriplogs 44
Hiking6.01 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.61 mph
806 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Started 6:30am. Cool to start with but warmed up quickly. I'd done this section a year ago and felt like doing it again. Went east of 7th St. for about 2 miles. Returned to parking area and then went west of 7th St. for a little more than a mile. Clear day with good views.

I knew it would be one of the more remote sections of the Maricopa Trail, but I saw no one...not a soul...while I was out there. There was one other car in the small trailhead lot when I returned.
Jan 14 2021
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60 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
kingsnakeTriplogs 768
Hiking7.09 Miles 454 AEG
Hiking7.09 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.86 mph
454 ft AEG
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A couple of days after my previous hike in Estrella Mountain Regional Park, I took a walk around my neighborhood. The first mile, no problem. But then my right knee started feeling wonky. The further I went, the more it hurt. By the time I finished the second mile, I could barely walk, it hurt so bad. 😫

Without hiking, I have nothing: Hiking keeps me relatively healthy, relatively sane, and fills my time writing the post-hike blog and editing the video. I have to admit: I was scared.

Long story short, I got my knees x-rayed and my doctor recommended Osteo Bi-Flex Glucosamine Chondroitin pills to maintain cartilage structure, slow cartilage deterioration and hopefully reduce pain. 🙏🏻

Since I have already hike the two Maricopa Trail segments before this one — Bronco Trailhead to Spur Cross and Spur Cross to Cave Creek Regional Park, both counter-clockwise, I decided to hike CCRP to the Anthem Trailhead / Daisy Mountain Fire Department, the same direction.

*** The community where road construction & other infrastructure was being put in March, 2019, up at the end of 40th Dr., has seen no further work. No houses, not even a demo unit. ***

West of 32nd St., the Maricopa Trail skirts a ranch property area — complete with loudly barking dogs — for ¾ of a mile, before turning northwest up a small canyon, for the only climb of the day, 150 AEG in a ½ mile. The best views of Apache Peak are along that climb. 📸

From the Apache Peak saddle, the Maricopa Trail follows a contour line west for ¾ of a mile along the north slope of Hill 2875. More ranch properties are to the right, just downslope, in New River. Straight ahead is a very striking, free standing, formation that apparently has no name. It is marked Hill 2565 on the topo. [ photo ]

Take care crossing paved, 2-lane, New River Rd., as the Maricopa Trail intersects it in the middle of a descending blind curve. 👀

The first mile of the Maricopa Trail west of New River Rd. passes within 100 ft. multiple sketchy properties, littered with debris, boarded up windows, and broken down trailers. Despite the meth-y vibe, no barking dogs.

Halfway into the Spear S Ranch to Anthem Trailhead segment, the Maricopa Trail crosses Rodger Creek for the first of three times. All were dry crossings. Not a spot of water.

The final ¾ of a mile, after the third creek crossing, splits more horse properties to the south (left) and Anthem golf course homes to the north (right). The area is dense with stinknet, aka globe chamomile, an invasive species.

Knee held up well, with no crippling pain the next morning. 👍

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/501544037
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Mar 28 2020
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66 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ 
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
The_EagleTriplogs 1,936
Hiking17.15 Miles 3,507 AEG
Hiking17.15 Miles   10 Hrs   22 Mns   1.96 mph
3,507 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I was looking for a place that would be less traveled that we could both drive to.

I'd never hiked from the Spear S Ranch TH on 7th Street. 39 degrees and no cars in the lot at our 6:30 start. It's a nice trail to where we turned off to attack Apache Peak. There is a local "use trail" to the top, that has it's name carved into a rock. It's known as the Fathers Day Trail. Easy to follow and gets steeper and steeper to the top. The only tricky part is finding your same way down, through the break in the wall. Up top, a tattered flag and a mailbox.
[ youtube video ]

We dropped down to the saddle and then northish on another use trail. We lost it once. Off to attacking Elephant Mountain from the west. This was a slow process. Lots of up, prickly things and boulder hopping. Finally on top of the Elephant, the views are great in all directions. We had our lunch at a responsible distance.
[ youtube video ]

Exiting the peak to the east is a bit slippery and slow going. Interesting geology here.

We were happy to be back on a trail all the way back to the TH. We passed 4 hikers and 1 biker through 15 miles. the last 2 miles to the TH, we passed more.

This one zapped me. I always know is been a tougher hike when my shoulders are sore the next day.
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Mar 28 2020
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ 
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
joebartelsTriplogs 5,286
Hiking16.13 Miles 3,243 AEG
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Bruce put this together in a flash. Having lightly pondered Apache Peak for many years I was in on that alone. Didn't know much about Elephant other than it didn't hold my interest. First I've been through New River. Unexpected agriculture parcels. Overall nicer than I figured. Still unsure I just looked at the boundary. Basically, I-17 to SR 51 & Carefree Hwy to Table Mesa Rd. Upper thirties to start late March seemed low as we'll be flirting with ninety degrees soon.

Apache was steeper than expected. Having learned on the hike in we had a large chunk of off-trail ahead I waited below the summit when it got uncomfortable. Most won't have an issue. Distant views are better than average.

Heading over to Elephant through more off-trail than anticipated I started having doubts. Without much reviewing I had visions of Sonoran Preserves bulldozed trails. 5 miles further North, boy I looked this hike over well... lol

This was more reminiscent of tackling Horse Mesa across to Bronco Butte. A big boy workout. Heading up wasn't encouraging either. We both failed miserably at throwing in the towel. Perfect weather, wildflowers galore and desire to get in a good full-day hike lured enough to where it would be ridiculous to turn around vs making it happen.

Lunch on Elephant Mountain 3,926 was darn nice. Cardinals Stadium to Weaver's Needle and beyond. Descending East after lunch made two things crystal clear. Cool terrain, for once I found Spur Cross vicinity intriguing. On the flip side, there will be no return since my balance requires safer footing.

8 easy miles back to square one on easy trail was mind-numbing at first. Turned out fine. Still not itching to go back. Definitely a great nearby full-day hike!

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owl clover was intense in areas, short and tiny in between, seriously 40% of the hike was through owl clover

NOTABLE FLORA
fiddleneck - some huge, waded through 4 ft blades of painless grass for a short segment, poppies above 3,200 ft heading up Elephant, primrose, chia, buckwheat, desert globemallow, desert marigold, narrow-leaved popcorn flower, desert chicory, saguaros galore, indian paintbrush, desert lavender, larkspur, phlox, stinknet* galore
* changed from globe chamomile since HAZ uses the USDA listings as much as possible
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May 20 2017
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74 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Overton Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2017
Sun_RayTriplogs 1,184
Hiking5.10 Miles 591 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.62 mph
591 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Overton clockwise :next: Left on Go John to Maricopa Trail and back.
AVE HR:109
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Jan 22 2017
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Peak Loop, AZ 
Apache Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2017
rcorfmanTriplogs 1,438
Hiking7.17 Miles 2,274 AEG
Hiking7.17 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   1.77 mph
2,274 ft AEG      21 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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The day's plan was to hike a loop starting at 24th St. and Calvary, hiking trails I'm familiar with to get me up Apache Peak, then over the south side to the Maricopa Trail and up peak 2875 to the SW, then back to the start.

From parking, I headed east through the gate and shortly got on a trail. I don't know if it's named, though I've heard it called the chocolate trail. Anyhow, the trail heads mostly east and a bit south and ends at the well of off Roger Creek. I've heard it called Odell Well, but again, I have no idea if that's correct or not. There's a large cement tank with surrounding trough that is no longer functional. Since I was last here, the ranch has installed metal tanks and troughs for the livestock. It was muddy and I almost slipped on my pumpkin but saved myself and only suffered a muddy hand.

From the well, I cut cross country to the trail that goes south between Momma and Poppa Apache. There were fresh deer and coyote tracks along the trail soft and wet from the rain. The trail was easier to follow than I expected and brush was not a problem. Shortly I reached the junction for the peak trail. It gets steep and is a bit of a scramble. I had some concern about rocks breaking loose due to the wet and soft dirt after all the rain we've been getting so I paid closer attention to how I moved up the trail.

Once on top, I surveyed the surroundings, deciding how I might finish my loop once I left the Maricopa Trail. I also noticed the US flag is gone. The staff is still there but the flag has flown the coop. I stopped to find a geocache hidden early last December and then headed off the peak. I lost the trail for a bit on the way down. I thought I was north of it so I headed south for a bit but that just took me away from the trail; I needed to head back north. Finally I was back on track and made it to the CCRT (Cave Creek Recreational Trail) which I followed SE for a ways before it dropped down to the Maricopa Trail.

After a ways, I left the MT to climb peak 2875 for a geocache. Interestingly, shortly after leaving the MT, I came across another trail. It had some cairns but I don't think it is used much if at all anymore. I followed it for a bit before following a wash up. Eventually I left the wash to follow a ridge and when I did, I saw the head and rack of what was a very nice buck. He took off a second after I spotted him. I was hoping to spy him again when I got on the ridge but no such luck. From there I found another trail that I followed up the ridge. It connected with an old road (maybe it was the road?) that I followed to an abandoned mine. After the mine, I cut up the slope to reach the peak and ran into some more trails.

Once on top, I found a memorial for a boy named Sage Gustafson. I seem to run across memorials frequently and they are always sad for me. I also found another geocache, aptly named Sage, then continued north along the ridge to another geocache. Once I found that, I dropped off the hill back down to the Maricopa Trail. I followed the MT to a dirt road, where I turned right (the MT has actually been rerouted to a trailhead along New River Rd).

I was hoping to follow the roads across and back to Cavalry Rd, but there was a large sign saying the area was private Greer Ranch land, so I hung a right up an old road and cut across a hill and into a wash. I worked my way up the wash and across Apache Peak's slope until I was able to take 24th St. back to my truck.
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Aug 30 2016
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2016
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking6.15 Miles 2,110 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.35 mph
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My initial plan was to do Apache Peak, but I decided to log my trip under the Maricopa Trail for a couple of reasons. First of all I ran out of time and wasn't able to summit and second of all there were some minor, but noteworthy changes done to the Maricopa Trail making this the best heading for this entry. Started my hike from the 7th St. TH and took the Maricopa Trail east. Back in the day, you would hike in about .2 miles and then take a dirt road as it wrapped around a couple of low lying hills that were located just west of Apache Peak. Now, the trail crosses the road and then climbs into the aforementioned foothills and takes you near the crest of the saddle that will bring you to the south side of Apache Peak. This new trail is easy to follow as it is signed where it crosses the road and definitely much nicer to hike than the dirt road. This new section is about .85 miles in length before connecting back into the old Maricopa Trail and provides more elevation changes than the previous MC Trail did. After reaching the saddle the trail descends into a wash, turns east, climbs out of the wash and then runs along the base of Apache Mountain. There are a couple of access trails to Apache Peak, both signed, the first is a little under .15 miles after exiting the wash and the next access trail is about .2 miles after that. I basically ended up doing a loop involving these two trails and then returning the way I came. I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to summit, but it was nice revisiting this area and seeing the changes to the Maricopa Trail. Hopefully this will mean that they are rerouting other segments of this trail. Much of what I've done of the Maricopa Trail has involved straight, dirt roads. Very unappealing. Very humid evening! I actually passed through an isolated rainstorm on my drive out there. Though it didn't rain on me during the hike the ground was muddy when I got on the trail. Mosquitos were out in force!
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Jan 22 2016
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66 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2016
AZWanderingBearTriplogs 700
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.41 mph
1,691 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Nice afternoon, so thought why not a short but tough little summit. The climb/descent part of this is mostly loose rock and pretty steep, but I only fell once with no damage. Had to navigate around a beehive in some rocks very near the top. Views were outstanding.
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A little Globe Mallow and some others
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Jan 18 2016
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57 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Jackson, CA
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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toddakTriplogs 490
Hiking22.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking22.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.75 mph
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Wandered all around CCRP, then north and west over to Anthem on the well-signed MT.
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Jul 20 2015
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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StoicTriplogs 546
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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Nov 09 2014
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 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,864
Hiking13.45 Miles 1,720 AEG
Hiking13.45 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   2.19 mph
1,720 ft AEG      19 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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The trailhead was very busy this morning. I started up Go John Trail saw maybe thirty people by the time I turned the Maricopa Trail. After that I only saw a small group target practicing. I uploaded this map from Haz Tracks but realized that it was off once I passed the the group of target shooters. I guess maybe it was because the signs for the Maricopa Trail weren't on the trail back then.
Following the last mile or so was nice as opposed to hiking down a dirty road. As I started my hike back I decided to take the Overton Trail back to my car.
This was a nice hike and the weather was good.
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Jan 25 2014
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49 male
 Joined Dec 26 2009
 Phoenix, Az
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
WilliamnWendiTriplogs 213
Hiking4.00 Miles 662 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.40 mph
662 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Started from the New River Road TH. We planned only to hike as far as 2 hours would allow. Interesting little trail, we will have to make it all the way to CCRP next time.
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2012
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking12.78 Miles 2,110 AEG
Hiking12.78 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.36 mph
2,110 ft AEG
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Did this trail going from west to east. The Spur Ranch parking lot is small but nice and doesn't cost anything :) There is a beautiful rock mesa to the north. Trail started off as a single track but quickly joined a dirt road used by the residents of the area. This section of the trail is signed so staying on track was easy. The trail leaves the dirt road .5 miles heading south over a saddle. This will bring into view more homes(sigh). The trail gets close, but stays to the north of them. And to the north of the trail I believe you have Apache Mountain. There are two separate markers and faint trails that head up the mountain. I believe they are the ones that the Stillernator was talking about. Ironically this is where I saw 2 deer. And on the way back encountered a large, loose dog that though it did not attack was very vocal!

About three mile in you come to a "Y" in the trail, both marked as the Maricopa Trail. If you take the one that heads to the north you'll head towards Elephant Mountain and Spur Cross Ranch. The trail that is going east will take you to the Carefree Park and the Go John Trail. Shortly after this juncture I left the homes behind. The trail stays a single track ( for the most part), but plays "tag" with the ATV'S tracks. There were quite a few side roads, some more used than others, but I was never in danger in losing the trail.

It was a little over 4.5 miles to get to the Go John Trail. I didn't want to do the whole trail. I was hoping to do a section and then head north at the first available opportunity. I got lucky. Heading east on the Go John Trail I came upon a "user" trail that was heading in a northward direction. I was hoping to connect to the Maricopa Trail that links Spur Cross Ranch and Cave Creek. Almost immediately this user trail split into two branches, one curving back to the west and the other heading off eastwardly. I took the one to the east because it seemed to have had more use. This trail ended at an east/west road without ever coming in contact with the Maricopa. Taking this road to the west brought me by some self made shooting ranges and eventually to some ATV'S tracks that brought me back to my trail.

Weather was great. No hikers, but did encounter a couple of groups of horsemen.
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 Mesa, AZ
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2011
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.62 mph
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This is a really cool hike. I started at the Spear S Ranch TH off of New River Rd. Take the Maricopa Trail east towards CCRA. After a hundred yards or so you will have to follow a dirt road. At the fork in the road by the transformer go right and then in a quarter mile look right for the single track. Take that and turn left at the sign for the Maricopa Trail. from there you will need to pay attention for the shorter junction/turnoff to the peak. I gave some info in the pictures I posted and I will give more detailed instructions in my offical hike description (to be posted later). My total mileage for this hike was 6.9 miles but the shorter, more direct route should be more like 6.6.

I found spurs for two other trails to the north alond the ridgeline to the east of Apache Peak. I'm willing to bet a dollar that those spurs loop around the unnamed lower peak to the east of Apache Peak. these trails have official Cave Creek plastic markers along them and also have signs that they are official trails (like the bench that was built next to the trail at one point).

My route ended up taking a trail up to the eastern ridgeline that's further east than the shortest route from the Spear S TH. I found the two trail junctions to the north and the one that links you back to the Maricopa Trail. On my way back I took the shorter route to the Maricopa Trail.

Just below the peak the trail fades away. long before that it gets very faint, more so the farther you get from the Maricopa Trail. I ended up just rock climbing my way to the top after I abandonded trying to find the faint trail. It was kind of fun, but still dicey in spots with the loose volcanic black rock. On my way back down I was able to better spot cairns from above, but the trail is still very steep with loose rock and dirt in spots.

The trail register in a mailbox at the top was very interesting. It dates back to 2006 and has entries from one to several pages. One entry recorded that they took an 8 year old and others 12 and 13 year olds. One entry was just the date, the names of a couple and the words "HAD SEX" :o . On my way up I saw a hawk-like bird but it was far away once I got to the top. then on my way back to the TH at a lower elevation I could see it hovering around the peak again. :-k

Temps were not bad at all for June, but it was early in the day, as planned. Looking forward to checking out more trails there and posting the data and descriptions as no maps are currently posted on the Cave Creek website, although they do acknowledge a preserve area there with trails planned.
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CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking13.00 Miles 2,110 AEG
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HAZ - Event
I started at the Go John TH in Cave Creek Regional Park and took the Go John Trail to the NW corner of the park where the Maricopa Trail picks up. I then took that section of the Maricopa Trail over to New River Road and headed back. The map of this trail at http://www.maricopa.gov shows a trailhead at New River Road, but there was none there that I could see. The nicest section of the trail is just south of Apache Peak, where most of the nearby development is hidden. Just east of Apache Peak there is a junction with a trail that heads north. A couple that I ran into later on who were looking for the Maricopa Trail told me that there is a trail that goes to the top of Apache Peak.

Heading east to west, this section of the Maricopa Trail is fairly easy to follow. It's marked by both yellow tape and the metal "Maricopa Trail" signs. There is a section on private property just west of Apache Peak right before New River Road where the single track trail turns into a jeep road. If you follow the road and head in a southwest direction, you'll run into another Maricopa Trail marker for the next section of single track to New River Road. Going west to east from New River Road, it can be a little trickier to find the trail. Where the single track junctions with the jeep roads just west of Apache Peak, there is no trail marker or tape. There is also an intersection of roads that you encounter before the single track where you have to take the jeep road to the right. I've posted my GPS route of this hike, which shows the official Maricopa Trail along this section.

On my way back, I took the decommissioned section of the trail over to the abandoned mine just off the Go John Trail to get a closer look. It looks like the decommissioned trail also goes further. I think I saw some tailings from the trail on the other side of the hill, but I wasn't sure. I'm thinking there's probably another abandoned mine somewhere not too much farther.
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