|Cave Creek Trail|
|New River Mesa as seen from Skunk Tank Trail|
From here, the route plunges downhill toward Skunk Tank on a slim path cut into sloping, exposed (not for acrophobics) hillsides. The tank is a lovely willow-ringed oasis where swarms of birds and other local wildlife---like mountain lions and deer---gather to quench their thirsts and maybe score a meal. Pass through the tank's rustic barbed wire fence and soon the junction with Cave Creek Trail #4 comes into view signaling the final leg of the hike. This is also the best part because trail #4 moves among the waters of Cave Creek, lofty canyon walls, a lush riparian ecosystem and two rare crested saguaros. Back at the trailhead, my GPS read 10.385 miles. I'm gonna call it 10.4-miles, and "who knows" if it's really 10.6 or 10.2. Who cares?
|Cave Creek water: Feb. 16, 2013|