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P A Seitts Preserve Day Hike
Cave Creek
January 12, 2020
by Billie Horn with Neil Dennis
Trailblazers at PA Seitts Trailhead. [photo by Quy]
kneeling:  Quy, Neil
back: Sonny, Rodney, Ken, Billie, Carl, Randall

It was a chilly start to what turned out to be a perfect hiking day in Cave Creek.

We welcomed two new members to the club; Rodney, 2nd hike and Sonny, 1st hike with us.

Eight hikers started out on trail C-4 to Slate, then Jasper, to Go John to Quartz, Flat Rock to Military and back to Slate then C-4 to the parking. This completes a “lollypop” configuration going clockwise.

Fun fact: The Military Trail is a remnant of the old stagecoach line between Prescott and Phoenix, and ran through the original town of Cave Creek that was in this area in the late 1800s.

The trails are well signed. [photo by Quy]
Come on, you all, go through the gate. [photo by Quy]
Onward and upward. [photo by Quy]
We’re rewarded with a view of the mountains. [photo by Quy]

We were treated to spectacular desert scenery today, and even stopped to visit the Michelin Man Cactus that’s just off the trail. To me it looks exactly like the other MM that hangs out in the area of Granite Mountain.

Approaching the Michelin Man Cactus. [photo by Quy]
I say, it does look like the Michelin Man. [photo by Quy]
The trail has a lot of twists and turns. [photo by Quy]
We’re coming to civilization. [photo by Quy]

We took a snack break before starting the last leg of the journey. This is where one hiker who had a previous commitment took leave of us and hot-footed it back to the cars.

No, it’s this way. [photo by Quy]
Let’s take a break from all this. [photo by Quy]
We’re in a saguaro forest with autumn color. [photo by Quy]

Quy and Carl both took photos today so hopefully we’ll get to share this area with all the club members through photography.

Back at the trailhead, we compared GPS and pedometer readings and came up with 7 miles hiked. Funny thing, that’s exactly what Neil and I measured last time we hiked this route.

This is the first Trailblazer hike Neil and I have led, and it went so well we are planning others.

Thanks to everyone who hiked today, because several had a long drive over to our side of town. We strive to make it worth your time and gas on future hikes.

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updated January 15, 2021