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Saturday, February 7, 2009

FOREST ROAD 48

FOREST ROAD 48 Tonto National Forest There's really no plan here....just use the road as your arterial route and indulge your inner wild. LENGTH: 5+ miles roundtrip (optional exploratory) RATING: moderate (route-finding skills are required) ELEVATION GAIN: 200 - 800 feet depending on your mood FEE: There’s a $3 per person entry fee. The self-pay station requires exact change. GETTING THERE: To reach the Spur Cross trailhead, From Loop 101, exit at Cave Creek Road and drive north for approximately 15 miles to Spur Cross Ranch Road. Continue north for 4.2 miles to the parking lot on the left. The last mile of the road is good dirt and passable by sedan. HIKE DIRECTIONS: From the Spur Cross Conservation Area trailhead, follow the Spur Cross Trail north for roughly 2 miles to the Skull Mesa trailhead. From there, continue north on FR 48, tread lightly and explore at will. INFORMATION: Maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross or (480) 488-6601

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