Bronco Trail/Cottonwood Trail Hike (Tonto Nat'l Forest)

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:30
Peggy Moss - 602-400-4045
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727
B LENGTH: 8.3 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1400 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Fry's east side parking area, on the southeast corner of 101 and Shea Blvd in Scottsdale. Alternatively, meet at 8:15 am at Basha's in Carefree on Tom Darlington.

We will then carpool to the Cave Creek Trail #4 Trailhead. We will leave a car there and travel back down the road, about 5 miles, to the Bronco Trailhead and start the hike. The Bronco Trail #245 starts with a climb with beautiful views of the Supes, McDowells, Four Peaks, Continental Mountain and Skull Mesa. After 4 miles we will turn right onto the Cottonwood Trail #247 which follows the Bronco Creek. This is a beautiful riparian area with huge sycamores, cottonwoods and ash trees with great views north into the Tonto Nat'l Forest. We end at Cave Creek (the river) with some easy rock crossings, just west of the Cartwright Ranch and Seven Springs. Trail is unmaintained, rocky with a few trees across the trail and some cat claw. These trails are originally cattle trails for the many ranchers in the area. We will keep a moderate pace. Lunch along the way or we can always grab lunch afterwards on the porch of Harold's in the town of Cave Creek?! No dogs please. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Cost to non-members is $5.