We did this hike last Sunday following 2 straight days of rain. Cave Creek was up, and had to be waded, which forced the jean and tennis shoe crowd back to the parking lot. The water was cold, but did manage to ensure that we would not see another soul, or a single footprint in the 2-6 inches of mud that covered most of the trail during our hike. We hiked the Elephant Mountain trail to the saddle, then down to the Spur Cross Trail, which we took back to the trailhead for a 7 mile loop. (The book suggests an out-and-back on the Elephant). The trail was a great alternative to those in the Cave Creek area further south, and although faint in some places, easy enough to navigate. The heavy rains had knocked a lot of cholla balls onto the south-facing parts of the trail, which the dogs managed to step on several times, but they were easily enough detached with a pocket knife. This was a great hike so close to Phoenix, highly recommended.