HIKE –Metate Loop . . . Spur Cross Ranch (CAVE CREEK)
































































Fall colors, wildflowers, creek side wildlife, abundant desert vegetation, remnants of early mining and ranching, petroglyphs along the lush riparian areas of the actual Cave Creek.

Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours, TBD.


You can follow our route using this trail map:


We will park at “P” and then from the “Kiosk” we will follow the “ SX” trail north-north
east to it’s intersection with “FS48” and follow it to the “Corral”. From the corral
we will optionally do the 2.2 mile loop part of which can be seen directly
north of the coral on the map After returning to the coral we will follow “FS48”
again back to it’s intersection with “MT” which we will follow back to the


Here are photos from our previous hikes at Spur Cross:



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Here is a gallery of photos from 2006:



Here is an account of hiking the area:




Distance: 3.7 or 5.9 miles TBD

Time: 3-4 hours  

Difficulty: easy side of moderate (moderate if
including optional loop)

Trail: packed dirt, gravel, rocky, riparian

Elevation: 2133- 2508 ft. (or 2133 -2770 ft.
including optional loop)

Parking: big gravel lot ...Porta potties
are located just inside the park to use before your hike. 

Entry fees: $3/ person …. Children under 16 are free!

Dogs: OK on leash


Always carry and drink plenty of water!

Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.

Hike at your own risk.


To get there: From the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road head north on Cave Creek Road about 2.5 miles to Spur Cross Road. Turn north for approximately 4.5 miles to the public parking area.

(Note after the first 3 miles the road turns to all-weather graded. The last 1.5 miles is
suitable for automobiles but can be confusing… continue north on the graded
road past the green house, through the tall gateposts and on past the horse
corrals to the signed public parking area on the right).

The intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road is about 10 miles east of
I-17 and just over 2 miles west of Scottsdale Rd.

Google maps says the parking lot is

52 minutes from the 101 & 60

 37 minutes from the 101 & 17



Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments
on this announcement page.

Following the hike: we will likely reconvene at Buffalo Chip where they allow dogs.

 To get there simply return to Cave Creek Rd. and turn left and follow it 2.3 miles
east to 6811 E. Cave Creek Road, it will be on the south (right) side of the

Check the place out and its menu here:




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  • Scott C.

    Tied up. Have fun.

    November 20, 2013

  • michiko

    I'd like to go...but wonder if I could carpool with anyone....I live in North central Phoenix

    November 18, 2013

    • Al T.

      yes we can . . sign up.. . we'll work it out

      November 18, 2013

    • Larry K.

      Al, I'll pick up tyger

      November 19, 2013

  • michiko

    Ok...I'm signed up....my # is[masked] 1441. Thank you Al!

    November 19, 2013

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