Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Skull Mesa Day Hike

when? Saturday, February 7, 2009
where? Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
the hike We start out from the parking lot down 2 miles of dirt road until we reach the Spur Cross Trailhead, crossing over a creek bed four times of which three may have running water. From the Trailhead sign we will go right up the dirt road approximately 30 feet to catch the Cottonwood Trail. We will traverse this trail for about two miles and along the way will see a rare crested saguaro. After we pass through a weighted gate we will be turning left onto the Skull Mesa Trail until we reach the top of Skull Mesa for panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the cities of Cave Creek and Carefree below us. Here we will have lunch before heading back the same way we came.
For More Information: Cave Creek Ranger District, 40202 Cave Creek Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. Phone: 480-595-3300
distance 12 miles
time 6-8 hours
EC +-2500' elevation change
elevations 2325' (Trailhead) to 4426' (Skull Mesa)
on trail 100% — Spur Cross Road, Cottonwood Trail, Skull Mesa Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost $3 per person at Spur Cross Ranch.
Also, riders should share the cost of gas. The club will allow voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Cave Creek
meet 7:00 AM in the Deer Valley Park & Ride lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road.
The lot is right next to the freeway.     33° 38.307' N,  112° 7.024' W  [NAD27]
drive I-17 North to Cave Creek Road East to Spur Cross Road to Trailhead parking lot.
Maps are available online: Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.

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