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Elephant Mountain in the Spur Cross Ranch looking NE at Skull Mesa in the Tonto National Forest | by Al_HikesAZ
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Elephant Mountain in the Spur Cross Ranch looking NE at Skull Mesa in the Tonto National Forest

This the view to the NE after the climb up Elephant Mountain in the Spur Cross Recreation Area. You sort of have to appreciate the Sonoran Desert to appreciate this photo. I'll admit that to a typical observer it could look boring. That's Skull Mesa on the right. This is north of Cave Creek, Arizona. The Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area has been preserved through dedicated efforts. North of here is the Tonto National Forest that stretches for many miles. This is not very far from my home and I like hiking here, especially to Skull Mesa.

 

Here's a view looking back from the Fort at the north end of Skull Mesa

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Taken on November 23, 2005