Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Spur Cross Loop

walking
no shade
4 days ago

trail is in really good condition well-maintained the trail markers are well-marked... when you do have to cross over the creek there are little walkways in the event that there is water there... some rocks on the trail but mostly very nice on your feet. dog friendly on the leash..$3 per person taken at the trailhead by Park rangers.. they have water to purchase if necessary and t-shirts and hats..

hiking
7 days ago

We were looking for a short, flat hike and this fit the bill. One caution, however, if you go clockwise and follow the Dragonfly Trail signs you’ll end up with a much longer hike than the one shown in the route. Stick with the creek bed and look for Jewel of the Creek signs on the way back. We caught our mistake before heading too far up the much longer signed Dragonfly Trail.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Very rocky with loose gravel, must watch where you step as the rocks are loose and roll under your feet. We had three people fall on the hike. All were experienced hikers.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful Trail

12.3 miles by the Alltrails app. Lots of stair stepping the last mile. Superb views, saw javelina early. Drank a gallon of water...

When they say the Limestone Tr 252 is primitive they mean it. The trail is much more narrow and overgrown than the other portions of trail. But that was half the fun for me, and not impossible to navigate.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

Pleasant hike, good workout. The view from the saddle is decent. Overall not in my top ten for the Phoenix area. Trail is good but not well marked in spots.

fee
no shade
rocky
18 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Phoenix area and a great workout! Highly recommend, not many people so plenty of solitude moments. No shade which makes it seem warmer than it really is. This might be a good hike to do on a more overcast day or start early in the morning. Watch out for mountain bikers. ☺

hiking
fee
18 days ago

This was a great trail. A little step up from those trails closer to phoenix. What makes it different is the chance to see deer (we saw two), a creek (depending on time of year), and a little more tree coverage in some places. Slightly cooler temps too. **One note: we entered at the southern trailhead. When we got out on the northern part we noticed a section for paying $3. **

hiking
bugs
fee
no shade
over grown
rocky
18 days ago

Great trail, the final turn onto 248 to the top of the Mesa is overgrown with grasses and cactus- not much of a trail. This hike is difficult, bring water and start early. No scrambling but rough patches of terrain that will slow you down. Not much cellular service. Lot of tight trail with high grass, be careful in rattlesnake season. Views are amazing. Expect around 13 miles according to Garmin and watch (14+ if you miss a turn like I did!)

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

My fav...no water running they creek today...will be back for that after some rain.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for kids, shady in spots. Lots of frogs at the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with good views. Variety of terrain and elevation . Light traffic..

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Folks that say there is a loop here are wrong. you would have to use other trails to make a loop, this is just a trail. My wife, beagle and I went all the way out to 5.5 miles then realized there is no loop. we always pack for day hikes so we were prepared. if you go thinking Spur cross has a loop, you would end up walking forever onto other trails. The views are nice, low shade though. it also costs $3.00 a day to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, very well maintained! My GPS logged over 13 miles so keep that in mind.

Great trail for anyone looking for a doable challenge! The whole trail is rocky but manageable and not super over grown by cacti or brush. In the Spur Creek Conservation Area it is wide and maintained. In Tonto National Forest it is a narrow footpath with larger rock. We did the loop counterclockwise and I would recommend that anyone who wants to get the harder sections done at the start of the hike or who prefers to scramble up rather than down do it that direction too. Both directions have elevation changes but those in the northeast section of the trail are the most aggressive. They are continuous steep sections and there is no shade to be found so be prepared either way! There are stunning views and tons of cool vegetation the length of the trail. Elephant mountain is visible along the backside when going counterclockwise and the cacti are giant and the brush is thriving! Absolutely would do this trail again!

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