nature trips



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on Cottonwood Trail

3 days ago

Solitude in stunning desert lands. Going gets rougher once you get onto FR 247, wear sturdy shoes.

Straightforward and scenic trail. take plenty of water ( I took 3 litres) and some protein sources. watch out for Rattlers.

Hiked Spur Cross to the Cottonwood trail & then on to Cottonwood Spring. Cottonwood spring was a trickle but still very pleasant to see water in the desert. To the right of the trail Bees have built a hive, but did not bother me. The trail is quite clear except in the washes, but if you pay attention you will find the trail again easy enough. There is a loop back to the Cave Creek Trail from the Cottonwood trail that looks doable if you have the time & you start early enough on the trail. Bring plenty of water n hiking fuel... Cheers

19 days ago

This trail can be a little challenging but worth the views! This trail will take you through washes, watch for the trail signs. The gnats are out in force, so I would recommend bringing some Off or Deet spray. We went from 5am till about 9am. Trails did stay cool during this period and decent amount of shade for the pup. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Really enjoyed this trail due to its variety of terrain and view points.
CAUTION: Rattlers are out there(on trail) saw a couple on the way back to the parking area roughly 815-830am.
There is a $3 fee you pay at the beginning of the trail to help keep it maintained. As well as maps for the trails.

Hiked SX, to outer loop of TR, to EM, over the saddle, back to SX. Still a beaut of a hike(even as Summer approaches), but small gnats are out in force. Packed 4 liters of water & drank 3 of them. Direct sunlight made it very toasty. I look forward to doing this again. Start early, bring a lot of water, hiking snacks, & loose fitting light colored clothing. Don't forget the hat.... Cheers

on Dragonfly Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. A small challenge incline and then fairly easy from there. $3.00 per person, bring exact change. Pets on leash ok.

2 months ago

Great hike! We did the Metate loop first which added a couple miles. It is a great hike with wonderful views at the top. The trail is somewhat rough on the Elephant portion, but it is very doable. There is not much shade so bring plenty of water. My 11 year old downed his 2 liter Camelbak and then some! Will definitely do again.

2 months ago