Chalk Canyon Ruins Hike (Cave Creek)

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 07:30
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Don Mowry -, 480-209-7963
B LENGTH: 9.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1700 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:30 am (depart 7:45) in the Fry’s parking lot on the south side of Shea Blvd., just east of the Route 101 exit.

We’ll carpool to the Spur Cross Recreation Area in Cave Creek, and from there head out on this out-and-back hike, crossing Cave Creek several times, rolling up and down through beautiful Sonoran desert, and eventually ascending to the top of a 300-foot high bluff overlooking Cave Creek at Chalk Canyon. Here, after a short and light bushwhack, we’ll explore an interesting and seldom visited Hohokam habitation ruin, with the remains of 30 pueblo-type buildings and numerous petroglyphs, before heading back.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch. Maricopa County Park fee is $3 per hiker. No dogs or children please.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.