Here's a few shots from the Cave Creek trails. The trails are easy to moderate, well marked, follow rolling hills, and have very few rocky sections.
|One super unique Saguaro!|
|Pretty skies and views.|
|In the next two weeks I think the hedgehog and cholla blooms will really start opening.|
We saw purple blooms in the Superstitions and now pink blooms here!
|We peeked under a rock and found this...|
We had an awesome eight mile loop hike at Spur Cross Ranch. (Map) We parked at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve, just outside Spur Cross, and took the Dragonfly trail to Tortuga trail, to Elephant Mountain, to Spur Cross, and back to Dragonfly.
Great variety on this loop...We enjoyed water in Cave Creek, saw cottonwoods and saguaros right next to each other! We saw evidence of the Hohokam people via petroglyphs and ruins. There were excellent vistas, some canyon walking, lots of geologic variety, and though there were some steep rocky sections, they weren't too tough.
|Cottonwoods along Cave Creek in the foreground.|
Elephant Mountain is the tall peak on the left.
We will be hiking to the saddle and butte on its right.
|An unexpected combination of plants!|
|Thought to be a Hohokam petroglyph.|
|Found under a rock.|
|Our destination looms above us.|
We'll hike up the canyon and around the back side.
|That's our peak on the left!|
|From the saddle we could see the remnants of rock walls about 150 feet above us.|
So up we went...
|Thought to be Hohokam ruins.|
|A look back at the saddle we had come over and the butte we climbed to see the ruins.|
|Elephant Mountain is made of lava and covered with thousands of saguaros.|
|Beautiful and rugged terrain at Spur Cross Ranch.|
We really enjoyed this loop at Spur Cross and look forward to hitting the rest of the trails here next time we're in the area. The trails are well marked and the variety of terrain can't be beat!
As we wrap up our brief stay at Cave Creek I'd like to share a simple, healthy and versatile Tangy Carrot and Cabbage Slaw. I make a batch and build lunches and side dishes around it for a few days. In addition to the simple and light snack shown below, I'll add it to a green salad or some leftover quinoa or other grain, or it's a great addition to a sandwich for a little extra crunch and tang.
|Tangy Carrot and Cabbage Slaw covers homemade hummus on Wasa Crisp Bread.|
Tomorrow we're heading North, here's one last shot from one of the gorgeous sunsets we've had at Cave Creek.