Skull Mesa Ruins Hike (Cave Creek)

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 07:00
Cat Colby (614-419-1040)
Dan Rothman (480-773-5197)
A (or A-) LENGTH: 17 mi (or 12 mi) ELEV GAIN: 3600 ft (or 3000 ft) PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:00 am (depart 7:15) in the Fry’s parking lot on the south side of Shea Blvd., just east of the Rte. 101 exit.

We’ll carpool to the Spur Cross Recreation Area, 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 past Cottonwood Springs, and eventually ascending a series of steep switchbacks to the top of dramatic Skull Mesa at approximately 6 miles. Here we’ll take a break, enjoy great views of Sugar Loaf, Black Mesa and Elephant Mountain, and have the option to return and make it a 12-mile hike. Those opting for the longer hike will continue for several miles across the top of the Mesa, bushwhacking in places, to the ruins of an ancient Verde Hohokam pueblo and fort. We’ll end the day with dinner in Cave Creek. Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch. No dogs or children please. Cost to non-members is $5.