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Mar 28 2020
The_Eagle
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Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ 
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Hiking17.15 Miles 3,507 AEG
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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.
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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.
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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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Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ 
Apache Peak - Elephant Mtn - Maricopa Tr Loop, AZ
 
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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

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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
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Jan 16 2020
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.68 Miles 1,691 AEG
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After work hike. Apache has been on my mind for years and I thought today would be a good day to revisit the peak. Got on the trail just before 5 and took the Maricopa Trail in until I got to the south side of Apache. From the Maricopa Trail there are two separate trails that lead up to Apache Peak. I took the first of these two trails. You have to be looking for this juncture. There is a marker there, but the trail is pretty faint. I followed the trail up to the ridge where it merged with second trail. By this time most of the mountain was in shadows and I knew the day was quickly coming to an end. I decided to push on and see how far I could get before the sun officially set. Sadly, I wasn't able to summit :( I was probably only 15 minutes from the top, but the light was already starting to fade and I did not want to be on the mountain in the dark. This can be a rough trail to negotiate in daylight, but in the dark with out a headlamp [-( . On the way down I opted for the secondary trail and was happy to note that this trail is much more defined than the one I took up. Also, noted (again), that there is another marked trail that takes off from the top of the ridgeline and heads off to the east. There are three large cairns that mark this intersection. You can't miss it. I have seen this trail a couple of times now, and have yet to follow it. I hit the Maricopa Trail in near total darkness and even though it is a well defined, and soon turned into an ATV track, it was still a little treacherous (unseen rocks and changes in trail depth). As the Maricopa Trail heads away from Apache it changes back to a single track, but with the darkness I opted to stay on the ATV track which eventually merged into a well used dirt road that brought me back to the TH. An overall exciting but unsatisfying hike with my objective unreached. Hope to get back before summer to summit and check out that side trail.
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Jan 26 2019
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 Goodyear, AZ
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.70 Miles 1,955 AEG
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Had Jan and Gallydoll join me this morning to take a trip up Apache Peak. Followed the official route out along Maricopa Trail to Father's Day trail. Father's Day starts the long ascent up Apache Peak. Trail was easy enough to follow and turned into a scramble the last 150' or so. Fantastic views from the top. New flag flying. Mailbox pretty beat up. Gallydoll made an extended entry in the summit log that future visitors should find amusing. Took a different trail down from the saddle back to Maricopa Trail and returned to the truck.
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Apr 19 2018
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
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Trail seems to have improved some, but still faint where you left turn up to summit trail. There is a new flagpole at the summit, but unfortunately the mailbox is in need of repair. Great day!
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Mar 27 2017
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
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Got a little lost originally looking for the faint trail. After you come into the first part of the saddle keep going right. So you'll start from the New River Rd trailhead and head east then south, then east again at the abrupt turn. The sign is on the left about 100 feet or more after the turn left. From here when I did find my way the overgrowth from the spring made this already hard trail to follow extremely difficult. I got off once but a good note is to try and not get too far away from where the runoff dry bed is between the big mountain and the little mountain. Unfortunately I could not make it all the way to the summit, overgrowth from the beautiful wildflower made this tough, not only did they get in the way but were covered with bees and I didn't want to disturb them in the height of bee season. Overall not really a tough hike but challenging because the trail really isn't that developed.
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Jan 25 2017
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,691 AEG
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Went up from the northeast side - looked less steep on Topo :-k Still pretty steep with loose rock :sweat:
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Apache Peak Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 22 2017
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Hiking7.17 Miles 2,274 AEG
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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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Dec 17 2016
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
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Never really spend anytime near cave creek. Decided to go and climb Apache Peak. We parked at the trail head. Several people improving the trails for mountain biking along the portion that is the Maricopa trail.

Glad I downloaded someones route to my GPS. Even with it still got off the trail once or twice when heading to the top of the peak. Several people commented on the great views. I wasn't really all that impressed. Good work out. As we got close to the top we kept running into large piles of poo. Didn't look like cow patties. Are these from sheep? We heard there where some in the area, but didn't see any.

On a side note, there is definitely an active beehive near the top. Be warned.

Fun hike. The trail is much easier to follow on the way down. Made it back fairly quickly.
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,691 AEG
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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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Jan 18 2016
JasonCleghorn
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Hiking6.92 Miles 1,464 AEG
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It's kind of embarrassing, but I pretty much turned back on this peak a few months ago. I got unnerved and worried about getting down. Not TODAY!!!

This is a good hike and climb for someone trying to get use to some scrambling at the top of a peak. The trail basically ends about 200-300 feet from the summit and the rest is a mixture of light and hand over hand scrambling.

There's an American flag and mailbox at the summit. Only saw a screeching hawk, no javelinas, no mountain lion. Signed the summit log and got down. I find if I audibly talk myself down the steep scrambling descents it helps, LOL... :D
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JasonCleghorn
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,392 AEG
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I'll call it a near success. Got to within 300 feet of the summit but became afraid of getting down on the scree, considering I was sliding 2 feet back for every one foot I was taking. I saw my first four javelina. Proof you can hike at 100-105 provided you drink and eat properly...
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Jul 21 2015
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I rarely use the word epic and when I do its only in context of something negative. This hike almost became epic and was slightly epic. A 4 out of 10 on the epic scale but it could've been a full blow 10 epic if I was really unlucky.

It all started at the crack of 8am as I followed a well maintained trail for about 1.25 miles. Off-trail wasn't too bad until all hell broke loose. Never heard them and when I saw them it was too late. Down climbing was painfull and :scared: and it only got worse. Reinforcements were called in twice as I retreated to the cholla field and safety. As I was down climbing I was stung several times on my head and when I started to retreat I pulled my shirt over my head and started throwing haymakers. They regrouped and kept coming I kept going lower and finally it stopped. After all the chaos, I perfect calm came to me and I breathed. As a child, I fell into a yellow jackets nest and was stung over 300 times. It landed me in the emergency room which happend to me time to time. Getting stung a dozen or so times was no big deal. I'm not gonna let this ruin my hike so I traversed around and headed back to the top. It hurt when I ran my fingers thru my hair so I stopped doing that.

Stingers in your head by the honeybees. Kinda like prickers in your face by the bushwackers.

And now for a little bee humor https://youtu.be/Dp ... t=48

Not sure if they were these...but they sure acted like them.

From the internet:
The sting of the Africanized Honey Bee is no more potent than your garden variety honey bee and they look pretty much the same. What makes AHBs more dangerous is that they are more easily provoked, quick to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distances. The AHB colony can remain agitated longer and may attack up to a quarter of a mile away from the hive. In Arizona, the AHB colonies have grown and the more aggressive colonies are the ones that have survived the droughts of the past few years. The summer is the peak period for bee attacks because there is less honey, and the bees become more protective of their hives.


Long triplog. My original planned triplog was going to be two words. Sorry LAZ.
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Feb 16 2015
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Hiking6.16 Miles 1,532 AEG
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The pups and I hiked Apache Peak following a close path to Darth Stiller's GPS track. I did start in a different location not to far off from his. The spot where I started does needs a high clearance vehicle to get to. Everything was going great until the last 1/8 of a mile. It was rough. I had to help my bigger dog in a three spots. My Jack Russell scaled the mountain with out any problems. Overall a great hike, with perfect weather. To bad the mailbox at the top has bullet holes in it. The signed registries gets ruined everytime it rains. Some dated back to 06-07

I wouldn't recommend taking dogs to the top. There is a lot of cactus and boulder climbing.
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Hiked with some friends in New River. Came in at the end of Calvary Road. Trails are rather faint and you have to look carefully for the spur that cuts off up to the summit. Last hundred feet is pretty much a rock scramble. Great views from the top, but had turned cold and very windy by the time we made the summit. Didn't tarry too long.
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Wasn't planning on hiking after work, but met a friend from work who was game and so..... I asked him if he wanted distance or elevation. He said elevation and so off to Apache Peak we went. :D I had done this hike once before in December and noticed there were several trails that merged as you headed up the peak. For this hike Noel and I started from the 7th st. TH that made up the Maricopa trail. We went in (east) about 2.3 miles to where a trail splits off from the main trail and started a gradual ascent up the peak. As we continued to climb 2 more trails merged into this trail. One was an official trail and the other, a fainter, but still evident user trail. Our goal was the peak so we continued upward enjoying the views. The higher we got, the less distinct the trail became and the more rock hopping we did. This was only Noel's second hike so he was a little put off by the climb, but he hung in there to the top. We signed in on the register and took in the views from the top. On the way down, in part because of the fading light we took the user trail that headed off to the north. This seemed (and was) the most direct trail back to the car. The trail actually got stronger as we descended. (It probably gets a lot of traffic from the homes that are on the north side of the peak). Got back in the twilight. Awesome hike. It was nice to be able to share that trail with a friend.
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Started hike a little after 7am from the New River TH. I followed the Maricopa Trail in for about 1.4 miles to where the trail crests a ridge. At this point I took slight detour. The Maricopa Trail continues down the other side of the ridge going in a south eastwardly direction. Instead, I took a road that went east toward Apache Mountain. The road only went a few hundred feet. But from there I noticed a a single track trail that went around the north side of Apache Mountain. This trail is cairned and is fairly easy to follow. It went for .9 miles where it exited through a fenced area, coming out next to house. This trail was probably created from this end for people who wanted to connect to the Maricopa.

Backtracking to the Maricopa Trail, I continued with my original goal of doing Apache Peak. Following the Maricopa, I went about 2.2 miles (from TH) to where I reached the marker indicating a trail to Apache Summit. This trail was very faint and was not cairned, but doable. Eventually this trail made it to the top of the hill just to the east of Apache Peak where it "T"'s into another trail. I took this trail west toward the summit. About .2 miles in a I noticed what appeared to be a user trail that headed toward the houses on the north side of Apache Mountain. The trail to the summit continued west, past the user trail, and soon started to do some serious climbing. The trail starts to lose cohesion as you approach the summit. There looked to be 3 to 4 cairned routes to the top.

Nice views from the top. Noticed a potential trail going up the side of the hill just the south and west of Apache. I found a nice pocket knife which I put in the mail box when I signed the log. From the log it looks like this peak gets a decent amount of activity. They'll be needing a new book soon. On the return trip, I went past the trail that I used to ascend to the hill and followed the trail east. I soon came across a bench and nice view of the homes to the south. Right after this, I came across another "Y" in the trail. I took the trail that went to the south side thinking that it would lead back to the Maricopa. It did. This trail is much easier to follow than the entry trail I used to climb the hill and obviously gets a lot more use. From what I saw it looks like there are at least 4 trails that will lead to the summit. They all converge on the east side, where the climb to the summit takes place.

Hiking back on the Maricopa, I quickly came across the trail I used to to ascend the hill. It's odd that they would put to trails so close together. They are about .25 miles apart from each other. Didn't see any wildlife, except quails, and rabbits. Overall very nice hike. Plan on returning to get those trails that I didn't get to.
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AZWanderingBear
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Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
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For my birthday I thought I'd hit all 3 of the Apache Peaks. Only the taller (western) has a trail to the top as far as I know. Decent trails in the two saddles. Good workout for a 56 year old guy.
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Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,370 AEG
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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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