Spur Cross Trail

MODERATE 161 reviews

Spur Cross Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
429 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

This Spur Cross loop is the most popular and easiest hike of the Spur Cross Conservation Area. The views are spectacular and the Solar Oasis is an interesting place to discover. This hike is ideal as a quick and easy loop, crossing cave creek (which is often running) several times. The desert scenery is amazing, very lush with giant saguaros. The Solar Oasis is an unexpected conservation area with an Ironwood replanting area opposite.

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19 days ago

The trail is easy and filled with snow birds in the winter months. Would not recommend hiking here. It is a bit of a parade

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19 days ago

We did about a 2 1/2 mile hike that included spur Cross and then we took Metate Back to the parking area. Very nice hike

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29 days ago

Great hike.

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This hike was stunning. It is a good medium hike and not super challenging. There was plenty of parking which was excellent so we did not have to wake up at the crack of dawn. We paid $3 to staff who gave us a map and suggestions on the trail. This trail is actually a combination of a few different trails. Everything is really well maintained and well marked. There are were not many people out on the trail, we probably passed less than 10 people the entire time. The views are gorgeous and lots of beautiful saguaros. We finished the 5.5 miles in about 2 hours and 15 minutes with a quick sandwich break halfway through. I'm looking forward to bringing some out of town guest to this area to have them experience the beauty of the desert.

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Completed back in August nice that it was 5-6 degrees cooler than Mcdowell Mtn Ranch. As others have stated it is not an actual named loop, but a combo of 3 different trails. Really cool hike enjoyed the metate portion through the tree groves and was then the lower dragonfly providing some shade. Granted it was August but only saw one other couple on the trail, if looking for something similar difficulty to Gateway loop without the crowd this is it.

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