I grew up in Colorado where winters can be wicked cold and snowy. I hear they are having a bitter one this year, so I can’t complain about our brief snow storm. It has been chillier than normal with lots of rain, and that is gonna make for one spectacular flower show soon. Stay tuned for pics on that!
In the meantime, we took some friends to Spur Cross Ranch recently. It was a gloomy, cool spring day: perfect for hiking! Spur Cross Ranch is a sister park to the Cave Creek Regional Park. It is located at 44000 N. Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. Even though it is close to town, you think you are out in the middle of nowhere. They charge either $3 per person or $7 per vehicle. It depends upon who is in charge that day. Your humans will need to bring cash.
They have built a building since the last time we were here, and they sell hats and stuff for humans. There’s plenty of parking, and they offer horseback rides. My humans haven’t done that yet, but they keep saying they need to. For today, we headed out to hike the Spur Cross Loop, about 3 ½ miles.
This trail starts off as a wide dirt road through the desert and then narrows down to a trail at the overlook. You’ll see the bench and fence. Enter in on your left and follow the trail down. Here, you will enter the wonderful world of super-sized Saguaros. Considering they don’t grow arms until they are 90 years old, these are some impressive, old cactus! Oh, if they could only talk; the stories they could tell!
This loop is relatively easy—thus why we chose it—because our human friends aren’t used to hiking much. The trail is multi use, so watch out for horses. My humans always have to pick up after me when I poop yet horses plop these enormous mounds right on the trail. How does that work? These are things I ponder…but not for long! Woof!
The grasses were tall and the wildflowers just beginning. They will soon explode, and Spur Cross will be hills of yellows and oranges. Make a point this spring to visit.
Once you leave the grove of oversized Saguaros, you come to a marshy area and cross Cave Creek, which actually had water due to all the rain. Even in the summer, Cave Creek will usually have some water in it. I am always up for a quick dip in a cool spring!
Before we knew it, we were making our way back to the car. This is a lovely trail for out-of-town guests who want to see the desert and all its glory without killing themselves on rocky terrain. If I had thumbs, it would get two of them. Happy spring!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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