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Limestone Trail and Elephant Mountain Trail Loop

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Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Limestone Trail and Elephant Mountain Trail Loop is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,272 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

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Walking

Bird watching

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Wild flowers

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Reviews (16)
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Recordings (12)
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Erik Poppleton
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HikingOver grown

Really enjoyed this trail. I went around counterclockwise. The start is nice and shady and in the spring there are multiple river crossings (dry in summer). After crossing over into the National Forest side, the number of people dropped significantly and I saw a number of snakes (including one Diamondback). The trail over the pass is narrow with the grasses threatening to overgrow it. Very beautiful the whole circuit.

Kevin Alavian
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HikingFee

This is a very diverse loop. It stars out busy with a lot of families and dogs as it overlaps with spur trail. This stretch is very easy, with a lot of shade, several creek crossings. Once you clear the last crossing and start heading uphill the crowds vanish. I saw one person the rest of the way. It is narrower as well, and much more rugged. You pass through limestone paths, rolling hills, meadows, wildflowers of all kinds, rocky terrains, washes, cliffs, smaller creeks , you name it. Like I said very diverse and very interesting loop. Ran into a desert tortoise picking a leaf of a plant right on the trail. You end right back at the creek. At the end. Highly recommend taking the boots off and soak your feet in the cool water for some time; relax and enjoy the natural beauty. I ran out of water last hour of the trail. The parking lot was full so it added 3 extra miles to my loop. Take extra water and some food.

Bertrand Kaper
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HikingOver grown
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Tom Hollinshead
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Beautiful trail with challenges. We went counter clock wise and due to last week’s rain had to scramble over rocks to do do five stream crossings. Two were challenging and one got one of our boots completely soaked. I wish we had brought extra socks. Much of the trail was primitive and difficult and very poorly marked. Sturdy hiking boots are essential. We got nicked up a bit from the overgrowth. It took us 3 hours for six miles (we took a cutoff as we were running out of daylight). We’d recommend this trail but it is not for beginners or the unprepared.

Steven Whaley
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Hiking

Saw a desert tortoise today. I gave him the right-of-way...

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TCob &.
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Hiking
First to Review

We went counterclockwise as the reviews suggested and were not disappointed. It did start snowing and hailing and raining! But it was so fun and we were “kinda” prepped to be cold so we were ok. Diego was a chamo and loved all the ayer and sand combos.

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Chris Sutherland
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Shreyas Raj
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Peter Dellva
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Andrea Darby-Stewart
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Eric Mielke
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Noah Jones
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Anne Miller
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Monica S
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George Nunes
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Ronald Hahn
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