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Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

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The conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area offers over seven miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.2 miles to 4.6 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult.
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Latitude
33.882761
Longitude
-111.956456
City/County
Cave Creek
State/Territory/Province
Arizona
Zip/Postal Code
85331
Country
United States
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: peeklay ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
thanks to Chillerdude32 for the review. I saw that writeup and it made me remember this areas as a possible ride.

This is a great little trail. Unfortunately the other trails that branch off are for horses/hikers only and really do not look like much fun on a bike if you decided to bend the rules.

The trail starts off with a decent little climb out of the initial creek bed. Once at the top (or near the top) you will see a sign for Spur cross trail on the left. Take that to begin the real MTB trail.

The trail is essentially a series of ascent/descents across different ridges. The first two are fairly simple climbs and descents into some some creek beds (watch out for that gravel at bottom) and you are riding across some limestone. Overall pretty flat.

After the second ridge you shoot across a rocky, clay type surface (where Tortuga intersect trail for 2nd time) that reminds me of a washed out arroyo in sedona (although thicker). If you are planning on doing this after a rain, i can see this as being pretty deadly.

Once you cross this area, you will find a nice climb up to the top of the trail. At the top you will find the sign for the Elephant Mountain trail. Note: I had to take a few breathers on this one, but anyone in better shape should be able to make this hill with relative ease.

once at the top you hit some rough stuff on the way down to the end of the trail. At that point you turn it around and head back up the hill. Trust me it is worth it, the downhill is a lot of fun and the ride back is a piece of cake comparatively.

Overall a great ride. Nice views of Cave Creek and then PHX in the distance and the vegetation and wildlife was kicking.

Disclaimer: my ratings are based on my abilities which are probably quite subpar for the rest of the group (especially since I have not ridden in a a few months). I did the out and back {with some stops for photos) in about an hour-twenty. Note that this pace is my FOOS pace (fat, out of shape) pace. I gave this a 3 in aerobic although I probably was in bad enough shape to give it a 4/5 because I know when I did Sunset loop in Scottsdale that was a 4 and it kicked my butt (when I was in better shape!). Heat definitely going to be tough to make this ride until next fall

Recommended Route:
Parking lot (east side) to end of trail and back. If you want to ride road (both dirt and paved) for a loop I would start on the west side of the trail, the downhill is good fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This may not be as cool (or long) as the BCT, but it is in the same area (south side of that ridge essentially) and this time of year is awesome in the Cave Creek area.

If you want something in the same area but longer and bigger climbs then Black Canyon Trail is the place for you.

This was very empty BTW, I didn't see a single person on the Spur Cross trail itself (just at beginning/end that starts all trails)



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Review Date
April 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chillerdude32 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
5.3 miles of one way moderate single track climb (followed by a sweet downhill speed run with jumps coming back the other way). Beautiful views of the local mountains and flowers. Some technical sections at riverbed crossing and some sections of loose medium sized rocks. Trail is well marked and in great condition. I rode the trail on a cool morning in April and could not imagine making the climb in 100F heat. Bring a lot of water. Bring some electrolyte or some food. This one sneaks up on you. Its not too long of a ride, but you are certainly going to be working hard the whole way.

Recommended Route:
Follow the paystation supplied map and signs from the parking area. Pay your $3 per person toll by envelope. Super easy even the first time there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I tried out Tortuga, but that trail goes from hard to harder to impossible once you get to a rock field of orange sized stones on a steep climb. Also tried the ride up the school house road peak. Cool if you like riding straight up over blade like rocks.



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