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Elephant Mountain Loop (North of Cave Creek)

Description: Join us for a scenic hike in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. Comprised of several connecting trails, this loop is rich with Sonoran/riparian vegetation and archeology. The main attraction is the rugged Elephant Mountain we will partially ascend about half way through the hike. From the saddle, we can see (but not access) Indian ruins above. We will complete the loop by hiking through the Jewel of the Creek Preserve along Cave creek.
Difficulty: Moderate, Distance RT: 7.5 miles
Start Elevation: 2360 ft., Elevation Gain: 1500 ft.
Drive Time: 1 hour, Water to Bring: 3 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 7:00 AM Pyle Recreation Center, 7:45 AM Safeway parking lot on the NE corner of Scottsdale & Pinnacle Peak (23565 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale 85255). Near the Starbucks Leader: Jeff
RSVP By: Friday, November 16, 7 PM
Special Instructions: Bring lunch. There’s an entrance fee of $3 per person. About 2 miles of trail are unmaintained.

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  • Sunshine

    Great hike and day. Jeff did a great job of picking trails.

    November 18, 2012

  • Irma

    Very nice local trail. Lots of areas for fast pace hiking or trail jogging. Got to see exhibit of rescued owls by Wild at Heart--quite a treat for me. Thanks Jeff for leading this hike from my wish list.

    November 17, 2012

  • Irma

    Pyle. :-)

    November 16, 2012

  • Jeff

    North side meeting location change: We will not be meeting at the I17 and Bell Denny’s after all. Instead we will be meeting at the Safeway parking lot on the NE corner of Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak (23565 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale 85255). Meet near the Starbucks 7:45 AM. I made this change to accommodate a better driving route that should be a little faster. Sorry for the late change.

    November 15, 2012

  • Ronald H.

    I'm still planning on pyle.

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to meet at I-17 and Bell Denny's. Do you have an approx. time?

    November 14, 2012

    • Mark G.

      Hi Barb, it is 7:45 am @ I-17 and Bell Denny's. See you Saturday. Mark

      November 14, 2012

  • Jeff

    Who else will be meeting at the I17 and Bell Denny's?

    November 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am unable to go, I have a broken heel :( Have fun!

      November 14, 2012

  • Jeff

    The weather is looking ideal for hiking. It should be a fun trip. There are also some good options for food in the area if anyone wants to stop afterwards

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet at Denny's!

    October 12, 2012

8 went

  • Jeff
    Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Sunshine
    Member
  • Irma
    Assistant Organizer
  • Mark G.
    Assistant Organizer
  • Ronald H.
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member

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