Spur Cross to Metate to Tortuga to Elephant Mountain Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

Spur Cross to Metate to Tortuga to Elephant Mountain Loop is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,394 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running

bird watching


wild flowers

no shade

washed out
3 days ago

Went to Spur Cross today. The wash across Spur Cross was dry as a bone. Crossed Metate, and wound up on Tortguga to Elephant Mountain. Tortuga, of course, is marked Primitive Trail-Use at Your Own Risk. It is rocky and very rough, but no rattlesnakes today anyway. We made it to the turn to Elephant Mountain and the link to the Tonto National Forest, but that was as far as we went. Then right back to Spur Cross and back to parking. I am such a wimp! I have been thinking about doing Skull Mesa and Elephant Mountain for the last two years, but so far have avoided like the plague. Oh well, maybe some day.

2 months ago

Great moderate trail. Cools by the creek. Nice change of scenery.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Friday, November 08, 2013

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