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New Year’s Day Hike

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.

Views from early in the hike…
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Marilyn, Bob, Allen, Sandy, Nick, Janet, and DeAnn:

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A view of Skull Mesa:

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Another view of Skull Mesa:

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DeAnn, nearing the summit:

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Views from the top of Skull Mesa…

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Sandy and DeAnn descending the trail from the top of Skull Mesa:

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I saw these saguaros on the way down.

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We saw this petroglyph on the way down too:
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A semi-crested (?) saugaro:
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A late afternoon view. (We started our hike at about 8:30am and got back somewhat before 5pm.)

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Marilyn at the end of the Cottonwood Trail:

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DeAnn, Sandy, and Marilyn by the Skull Mesa Trailhead sign.  Note the skull at the top of the sign.

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