Hike the Maricopa Trail Spear S Ranch in New River

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Start the year with a goal of hiking the entire 315-mile Maricopa Trail. Begin with an easy trek on the Anthem-Cave Creek-Spur Cross segment.

Getting There: Andy Kunasek at Spear S Ranch Trailhead: 41799 N. New River Rd., New River. Go north on Interstate 17 to Carefree Highway (State Route 74) exit. Go east (right) to Seventh Street, turn north (left) and go 4.5 miles on Seventh (turns into New River Road) to the trailhead on the right, located just before Linda Lane.

Length: 4 miles one way to Cave Creek Regional Park or 6 miles one way to Spur Cross Conservation Area.

Rating: moderate

Kid Friendly: NO

Pet Friendly: NO

Elevation: 2,050-2,295 feet

Best Season: October-April


Photo credit Mare Czinar/PHOENIX


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