On January 1, Bob, Janet, Allen, Nick, DeAnn, Sandy, Marilyn, and I hiked from Spur Cross to Skull Mesa. (Not all of us went to the top.) My GPS watch tells me that I hiked 12.6 miles with over 3100 feet of total ascent.
The mile to the top of the mesa has approximately 1,000 feet of elevation gain, which is quite a lot for just one mile. It was not as difficult as I expected, however, since the trail was both easy to follow and in good condition with numerous switchbacks.
Marilyn, Bob, Allen, Sandy, Nick, Janet, and DeAnn:
A view of Skull Mesa:
Another view of Skull Mesa:
DeAnn, nearing the summit:
Views from the top of Skull Mesa…
Sandy and DeAnn descending the trail from the top of Skull Mesa:
I saw these saguaros on the way down.
A late afternoon view. (We started our hike at about 8:30am and got back somewhat before 5pm.)
Marilyn at the end of the Cottonwood Trail:
DeAnn, Sandy, and Marilyn by the Skull Mesa Trailhead sign. Note the skull at the top of the sign.