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Feb 10 2019
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Quien sabe peak loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
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Hiking9.48 Miles 2,298 AEG
Hiking9.48 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.46 mph
2,298 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Needed a quick fix of outside, and having never mountaineered in this area, I decided that today would be a good day for it. Late start, on purpose. Early done. On purpose. A chilly wind made me get the long sleeves out up top.

There was a cairn and a register over on the "wrong" peak just east of the high point. Well, either that or contour lines on topo maps are drawn incorrectly. I generally bet on contour lines over the guy who says "that one looks higher" -- who is usually also the guy who builds the cairns. :sweat:

In any case, I lobbied for an off-trail route down the northeast ridge toward Bluebird spring and the Cottonwood Trail. Once we passed the spot marked "USLM 318" with no sign of a survey marker of any kind, we opted to skip the steep-looking drop to Bluebird and just made a beeline down for Cottonwood. Some pinball with catsclaw, but not much blood was shed and it was quick back to the truck.

Plenty of water in the drainages, (and some icy spots in sheltered areas), soft, muddy trail conditions, and some patches of flowers on the sun facing slopes. Good day!
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Feb 10 2019
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Quien sabe peak loop, AZ 
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Hiking9.48 Miles 2,298 AEG
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2,298 ft AEG
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1st trip
We were interested in a moderate hike within an hour of town and this one was a good choice. We left Scottsdale around 10:30am and headed for the trailhead. It was a beautiful day out and the road was busy. We arrived at the trailhead and started in by crossing the creek and headed up. It was a consistent climb as we made a steady pace. With some effort we connected on the Quien Sabe Trail. We would parallel the ridge leading to the peak and this worked well. After a mile we headed off trail and climbed for the summit. The going through here went well but careful footing was important. The rock is loose and the area is loaded with lots of unforgiving cacti. We topped out and enjoyed the views. Chumley relocated the summit cairn while I ate lunch.

After we had our fill on the summit, we opted for an off trail route leading to the NE. This turned out to be a good option. It was a shorter route and mostly straightforward. We had to dodge a lot more cacti and dealt with annoying desert scrub bushes. The ground was saturated and this helped with footing. We eventually connected onto the Cottonwood Trail and were back to the car soon after. This was a nice hike and didn't take a all day. Good to get out.
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Nov 28 2018
DixieFlyer
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Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 28 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.50 Miles 3,150 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.46 mph
3,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I haven't hiked in the Cave Creek area in a while, so Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to make our first ever hike to Quien Sabe Peak.

We started and ended the hike at the Cave Creek TH. We did an inverted lollipop loop hike. The loop was a CCW loop starting at Cave Creek Trail #4, then Skunk Tank Trail #246, then Cottonwood Trail #247 for a short distance, and then back to Cave Creek Trail #4. While on the Skunk Tank Trail, we went on the Quien Sabe Trail #250 for about a mile, and then went off-trail for about a mile to Quien Sabe Peak.

I followed the GPS track posted by Hansenaz. The GPS track that I posted pretty much mimics Hansenaz's track, although on the way back I went over to see if I could find Quien Sabe Spring. About all I found was a lot of catsclaw and a deer antler.

I really enjoyed this hike, particularly the first stretch on Cave Creek Trail #4. Most of that section of the hike was in a riparian area along Cave Creek. There was quite a bit of water running in this section of Cave Creek.

The Quien Sabe Trail was in better shape than I thought it would be. The off-trail section wasn't bad -- it was similar to hiking on Skull Mesa, although it was easier than hiking on Skull Mesa. There were some prickly pear cactus and other pleasantries to deal with while hiking offtrail up to Quien Sabe, but the cactus were easy to spot and just walk around. The worst part of the off-trail portion was all of the lava rock that you had to deal with -- it wouldn't be too hard to twist an ankle if you weren't careful.

There were actually 2 summits on Quien Sabe, and I am not certain which one is the highest. The first one that you come to has some large, waist-high rocks on it. Just to the east is another summit that has a summit cairn on it and a logbook inside the cairn. My GPS recorded the first summit as being about one foot higher, but the altimeter in my GPS is not precise enough for me to say for sure which of the 2 summits is the highest. The summit logbook was just in plastic sandwich bag, and something -- most likely a rodent -- had eaten through the bag and chewed a corner off of the logbook.

There was quite a bit of fall color along Cave Creek. There were also quite a few wildflowers blooming in various sections of the hike.

It was cooler at the TH than I thought it would be. It was 31 when we started the hike, and was 59 when we got back. This was on a day when the high was about 75 in Phoenix. The weather was close to perfect for the hike though.

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There were some fairy dusters still in bloom, but they were past their prime. I also saw quite a few other wildflowers blooming, but I do not know what they are.
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Jan 13 2017
kingsnake
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Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 13 2017
kingsnake
Hiking12.61 Miles 2,685 AEG
Hiking12.61 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.00 mph
2,685 ft AEG
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At 8:30 a.m., it was a breezy 46° at the Cave Creek Trailhead in Seven Springs. I got a later start because the hike was closer to home, and I wanted to start after sunrise. It rained for 10 minutes at the start, but it remained cloudy and breezy all day.

I wanted to check out Quien Sabe mine, but since I knew it would be an arduous day, I skipped it.

After about 4.5 miles, where Trail #250 crosses a small wash, I began off trailing up the Quien Sabe ridge. Generally speaking, the left (northeast) side of the ridge is steeper than the right (southwest) slope, so I tended right.

From the wash to the summit cairn, I negotiated tons of prickly pear cactus, agave, century plant, other grab & stabs, ball bearing and ankle breaker rocks. Many of the rocks are pitted, as if ejected molten, with air bubbles that popped as the rock hardened. I wonder where the volcano is?

In addition to the previously mentioned flora, the plateau is dotted with juniper. There is plenty of deer sign, and even several sets of people tracks. (Easy to spot as there is enough soil on the plateau to retain water for quite some time after the last rain.)

There is large cluster of boulders at the summit of Quien Sabe Peak, which is about 4900 ft. (There is no X on the topo, indicating an accurate survey.) But just beyond the summit, across a small saddle, at what appears to be a very similar elevation, is a summit cairn at which the which the elevation is supposedly 4884 ft.

Try as I might, without totally disassembling the cairn, I was unable to detect a summit log. (Unless you count “D. Peterson 11-94” scratched on a boulder.) Bummer, I was hoping to spot climbing legend Bob Packard in there. Luckily, I come equipped for such occasions, with a fresh flip notepad, pen and two quart baggies (for weather proofing).

The views from the summit are fantastic. Despite still being 100% overcast, I could I identify Skull Mesa (easy enough since it is “next door”), Elephant Mountain, the city of Cave Creek, Cave Creek Rd., Black Mountain, Cottonwood Creek, Four Peaks and even Cartwright Ranch (only two miles away, as the crow flies, but five hiking miles).

After signing the summit log, I sat down for a lunch of gorp, salt & vinegar chips — my fav! — and turkey breast sandwich, of which I ate about 2/3s. The wind was picking up, and it was getting cold enough to make my hands stiff, so at 1:30 P.M., I started back. (Despite wearing a jacket, the boogers flowed freely throughout the day.)

Whereas it took me 3h 15m hiking time to summit, it took me only 3h 00m total time to get back to the trailhead, including one break where I was so tired I simply fisted the trashed remains of my sandwich into my face, caveman fashion. (Then licked the crumbs from the container.)

I got back to the trailhead at 5:00 p.m., which was good timing as not only was my always patient wife starting to worry, but we had a perfect view of a great sunset heading downhill, back into Carefree.

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Saw one flower all day. One.
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Nov 27 2016
JasonCleghorn
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 Phoenix, AZ
Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
JasonCleghorn
Hiking8.91 Miles 2,170 AEG
Hiking8.91 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.98 mph
2,170 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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W O W...

This is an incredible Arizona day hike. I'd been dreaming about this peak for over a year. So today with in-laws getting on my nerves, other people getting on my nerves, I was looking for something to keep me out of the house much longer than normal. So I dialed this one up...

I parked at the Cave Creek TH at the Seven Springs Campground. Since it was about 5:45 when I got there and pitch dark (and also 40 degrees), I couldn't see well enough to know that I could have parked several other places back down the road, shortening my hike. Oh well. Extra miles and a few AEG.

I did the standard approach. I had originally planned to just assault the Quien Sabe Peak Ridgeline from the 246 trail up what was designated as a wash on the topo, but that looked pretty daunting. Then I changed plans to continue to go Skunk Creek Trail and intersect with the Quien Sabe Trail on the backside of the ridge. Alas, I got impatient and left that plan at a place that looked doable. I made it up to the little prairie and then to the final push to what becomes the ridgeline. After ~30 minutes, I had made the final traverse of the ridgeline and I could see what was going to be the summit.

The summit block is a little anti-climactic but I was very glad to have gained it. It must have been in the mid 30s at the summit and there were so many clouds, I actually was hoping to see a random flake but alas, no.

Then I made a fateful (for my legs) decision. Go back the way I came, which was a known route, not really that steep but would take me ALL THE WAY back down the ridge, OR descend off the summit block down what was the actual wash that leads to Quien Sabe Spring.

Let's see the spring he said. It will be fun he said.

It wasn't.

I was literally crashing and surfing down the thickest catclaw that I have ever seen. My legs don't even look like legs anymore they are so scratched, gouged, and bloody!

Finally, I got down near the spring proper.

It was a :pk: rusty pipe. Not even a spring or any water etc. S O A B.

But, at least I was close to where I had originally hiked and back on the 246 trail.

After that, it was pretty much all downhill from there and I was down near the Cartwright Ranch in no time. If that was a real ranch, I'd like to work there as a ranch hand. That little valley there is beautiful.

So, all in all a GREAT hike. This was a top 5 outdoor experience for me in Arizona. For sure.
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Jan 23 2016
John9L
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Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
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John9L
Hiking14.26 Miles 2,844 AEG
Hiking14.26 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.54 mph
2,844 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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1st trip
We wanted a moderate hike relatively close to town. We set our sights on Cave Creek. I remember FOTG posting a hike to Quien Sabe Peak and thought it looked fun. The drive to the TH took about an hour and we were off.

We decided on a CCW loop with Quien Sabe Peak. The first few miles flew by as we hiked along Cave Creek. This is a really nice stretch of trail. From there we made the climb up Skunk Tank Trail and saw some wildflowers blooming. There were several patches along this stretch.

From there we connected on Quien Sabe Trail and then headed off trail for the peak following FOTG's route. The going was slow as we fought dense vegetation with a mixture of sharp cacti. Our pace was really slow through here. Along the way we found a ruin marked with a cairn. It's a pile of rocks in the shape of single building. I found a few pot shards. FOTG would like this but not many others. :) We continued on and hit the peak where we took a break and looked over the route. I had Joe's route in which they drop off the west side of the peak. This would significantly shorten the off trail portion. We decided to give this route a go and were glad we did. There's a variety of game trails and the vegetation is light. We were back on trail within 30 minutes.

Once back on trail we flew back to the trailhead completing the loop. This hike took more effort than we anticipated. I'm really glad we got it done. Take the western route you'll save some time and effort.
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Patches of wildflowers blooming at the higher elevations of the Skunk Tank Trail
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Jan 23 2016
clairebear
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 Tempe, AZ
Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking14.26 Miles 2,844 AEG
Hiking14.26 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.54 mph
2,844 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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1st trip
With a name like Quien Sabe Peak what can one expect?
The trails in Cave Creek are so immaculate that we made excellent time and therefore decided to bag the peak since it was right there. I was unprepared for off trail since I was wearing some new trail runners that didn't really offer much in protection against tough terrain and especially cactus. Naturally my foot made impact with a prickly pear and 9L was kind enough to pull the spines out while I wigged out -- mostly in frustration with my choice of footware for this part of the hike. It was about 1.6 miles of off trail to the summit had slowed us down considerably. The summit view was really nice 360 views for miles and the usual prominent landmarks in the distance - Weavers Needle and the Superstition Ridgeline, nice view of 4 peaks ETC. After we bagged the peak we dropped down quickly to the Quien Sabe Trail and made our way back to the trail head in good time.
Quien Pinche Sabe Peak? Fun times- I'm glad we did this ^
Oh. And 9L found some ruins and pottery chards near the summit too, so thats pretty neat! ;)
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Quien Sabe Peak Loop, AZ 
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Hiking17.75 Miles 3,735 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.13 mph
3,735 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
6:33 am MST - 19 degrees in diminishing darkness to start. The high temp for the hike reached a balmy 53 yet stayed in the 42 degree range most. This was the first hike I have worn long johns an entire hike. The third shirt and balaclava were off/on over & over all day based on sun, ascending, descending, breeze, altitude and attitude.

7:39 am MST - Bruce decides to go on what he described as "a short spring hunt". I'm not into the side trips as much at 27.5 degrees fahrenheit so I took a break. Nearly thirty minutes passed. Which left me wondering... did he fall into the water, did he slip, ???, more importantly how am I getting home. The cold didn't destroy me much being bundled up so it all worked out.

The highlight of the hike was 9:30am off-trail to Quien Sabe ( Google and Webster pronounce different ) Peak. The light near to far was outstanding and photos were a poppin'. The peak was nice too but the front moved in and took a bit of the glory out of it.

From the peak we headed down and finished off Quien Sabe #250 then headed over on Skull Mesa Trail #248. We lunched on #248 in a nice breeze-less valley at 4k in some white chalk or limestone similar to what is found near Brown's Cave.

Next up was Cottonwood Creek #247, very nice. It had more life with unburned areas. Red hues in the soil gave it more characteristic too. Counted 8 signs at the #248/#247 junction.

Overall a good hike. Better weather conditions would have been more enjoyable. Take what you get!



These hikes are really an underlying quiz & bicker to near throat choking battles. Basically a review of the week's news to whatever. Unfortunately my poor memory does not serve well in these shenanigans. However even the worst participant ( yours truly ) scores a win or consolation prize on occasion.

[+1] Charles Lindbergh's Historic Flight - I correctly mentioned 1927, Bruce argued 1937 to later WWII.
[+0.25] After talking about last weeks hike for the FOURTH time I finally remembered the location of the hike.
[+-0] Who starred in "Earnest Goes to Camp" ( me - Jim P or B ) ( Bruce - Jim Williams )

On the return I was curious about checking out the old ( I'm guessing original ) Seven Springs CG. I thought it was an old trailhead but found out it was a camp ground. Complete with what appeared to be 220v( Bruce found ) & NG hook ups. Adjacent and likely the original historic element is the Ashdale Ranger Station built in 1934 with local materials. Not sure if it's the same structure but sure appears hearty and built to last. Currently not used. Just massive amounts of fencing materials in the back under video surveillance from what I read.

Completing the spur exploration loop we came upon...
CAVE CREEK ASHDALE FCD GAGE ID# 4947
Lat 33° 57' 44.3" N, Lon 111° 52' 34.2" W. Located in S07 T7N R5E
The gage was installed on February 25, 2009

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A couple cottonwoods in the final stages. Not much to see as most of the loop is burned from the 2005 Cave Creek Complex fire ( the third largest wildfire in the state of Arizona to date ).

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Quien Sabe Peak Loop, AZ 
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Hiking19.05 Miles 4,180 AEG
Hiking19.05 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.24 mph
4,180 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Been wanting to hit up the eastern portion of this area. Original plan was to start at the Bronco TH, but that upped the miles and at the time I really wanted to get home to see ASU play themselves into the Rose Bowl.

A balmy 19 degrees at the 6:30am start, 8:00 we finally hit 30 degrees, 40 degrees at 8:45, hit the low 50's in Cottonwood Creek for 40 minutes at 1pm, and then just hung mid 40's for the remainder. It really was not too bad when the wind laid down.

Highlights for me on this hike were
- Checking out the overgrown but still wet Quien Sabe Spring.
- The climb up and the views from atop Quien Sabe Peak.
- Skull Mesa & Cottonwood Trails between Quien Sabe intersection and where the Cottonwood Trail - Turns north.
- Checking out Bluebird Spring - Some pooling in the area
- Exploration of the now decommissioned Ashdale Ranger station (See Photos)

Todays Lesson
Quien Sabe (kee-en' sah'-be),
Translation = I do not know; lit., who knows?
http://www.pronouncehow.com/spanish/qui ... nunciation

Seven Springs Campgrounds and Ashdale Ranger station were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in 1933-34.

Ashdale Ranger Station Photo from back in the Day :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=379033

Accomplishments of the CCC in the US over the life of the program:
* Planted 1,255,000,000 tree seedlings over 1,255,000 acres of land
* Fought tree diseases on over 16,722,000 acres
* Installed 64,374 miles of telephone lines to assist in forest fire protection
* Constructed more than 3,400 fire lookout and observation towers
* Constructed 3,982,000 check dams for nation-wide erosion control program
* Constructed 41,000 bridges and 44,475 buildings of various types
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Water in the area when walking up the drainage towards the spring waypoint. source not found but believed to be located in an area thick with cattails. Old spring box was long overgrown.
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Hiking14.90 Miles
Hiking14.90 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.03 mph
 
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I took my first hike in the Seven Springs / Spur Cross area a few weeks ago. I didn't plan well and got lost but in the process I spent some time staring at the hills trying to figure out where I was. I later figured out that the most impressive peak I was looking at was called Quien Sabe Peak, the highest one in the "park". I was looking at the south side of the peak from the Cottonwood Trail.

I returned to Cave Creek Trailhead (the northern access point) armed with some preloaded GPS tracks (thanks MEWhitman and nonot). I walked the Cave Creek/Skunk Tank Loop clockwise up to it's high point where the Quien Sabe Trail branches off to the south. It was pleasant walking through hilly scrub land on this old cattle trail. The Quien Sabe Trail is more overgrown but it looks like an old shelf road along the hillside so it's not hard to follow. Quien Sabe Peak is to the east (left) as you travel the Quien Sabe Trail and I started to bushwack up the hill near the apex where it crests the edge overlooking the valley to the south. Particularly after scouting around on the way down, I'm sure this is the easiest way to go.

The off-trail walking is not steep but there are a lot of small rocks under the knee high grass - this is also reported in the triplogs for nearby Skull Mesa. The summit area is flat and the highest point is at the southern edge....the actual summit doesn't come into view until until you reach the edge - it is a nub displaced another hundred yards to the east. From car to summit (6.2mi) took about 2.7 hrs with only about half hour off trail.

There was very little evidence that people visit the top often but there were a lot of deer tracks. A summit cairn was present but I couldn't find a register or USGS marker. A modern petroglyph on a summit rock said 1994.

I thought I would descend a different way. But the mountain is much steeper to the south and it would be a pretty long bushwack down to the Cottonwood Trail. I started off toward the west but common sense kept me contouring more to the north and in the end I hit the Quien Sabe Trail about where I had left it.

I retraced my steps on the Quien Sabe Trail but then went west on the Skunk Tank and Cave Creek Trails to complete a nice loop back to the car. A good variant would be to go the other way on the Quien Sabe Trail and take the Cottonwood Trail back to the trailhead or even carry on to Spur Cross.
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Skunk Tank Trail #246Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,550 AEG
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Skunk Tank trail to Quien Sabe spring and off trail up to summit Quien Sabe Peak. Saw my first gila monster right on the summit.
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