November 24, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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If you like desert riparian areas with a gently flowing stream, old growth sycamores, Crown Saguaro's, abundant wildlife, scenic vistas, Indian ruins, petroglyph, old mining and ranching operations, you'll love this hike.
This will be an overnight backpacking trip more or less following Cave Creek, starting from Spur Cross Conservation Area and ending at Seven Springs Recreation Area. We will meet at the Cave Creek Ranger Station at 8am Sat to set up the car shuttle. Mileage will be approx seven on Sat and six on Sun - there will be an elevation change of about 1,000', (2,400' - 3,400'). We will be hiking in/along Cave Creek - the trail is more developed in some areas then others - i.e. - some bushing whacking. Depending on recent rains, we may or may not get our feet wet. We will make our camp under the cottonwood trees near a flowing creek. After a leisurely breakfast Sunday morning we will hike to Seven Springs, retrieve our vehicles and stop for a late lunch in the town of Cave Creek.
Once when we did this hike in Nov - we were fortunate to have the added opportunity of hiking out Sunday morning in light snow flurries.
Need to treat water from Cave Creek. Temps could be in the low 20's at night. $6 fee at Spur Cross (exact change). Campfires OK. Will set up carpools as needed.
*Note we will be hiking/camping in a small canyon along a flowing creek-if it looks like rain-the hike leader will reschedule.