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Clay Mine Trail - CCRP, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 652 feet
Elevation Gain 385 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.73
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Waterfall
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Go John/Overton/Clay Mine
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Author dbskip81
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Trips 29 map ( 51 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:16am - 6:25pm
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by dbskip81

You would access this trail from the Overton Trail. The overton trailhead is close to the Go John trailhead. Once you take a short stroll on the Overton trail (about 0.4 miles) you will be able to access the Clay Mine trail. The scenery is pretty much the same as all the other trails in the Cave Creek Regional Park. Take a look at how things were in this area in the past. Which may be of interest is you can walk a little ways into the mine itself. Quite often they have moonlight hikes on the Clay Mine trail, however I've never gone on one. They give you a tour of the clay mine and go into it's history along with the history of other mines. The tour is given by a ranger and often lasts around 2 hours.

The train is about .8 miles one way and at the end you get to see a part of Arizona history and actually go a little ways into the mine. The first hill is probably the toughest and from there should be no problem at all. At the end you will see an old clay mine that has since been abandoned. There are also several abandoned mines on the Go John Trail so if this stuff interests you there is a lot to do there! The Clay Mine trail is a perfect warm up to get the blood flowing and ready to take on bigger tasks.

The Cave Creek park is a nice place to get out for the day and at times feel like not being in the city. It has about 11 miles of trails for hiking,mountain biking and horseback riding.

As always take enough water and don't be crazy! Hike this in the cooler months. Enjoy.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Kids with babysitter - had date hike then dinner at El Encanto. Poppies were out in large sections all along Overton mostly. Few spots on Go John. Brittle bush will be explosively yellow in a week or so. You can see the buds coming up but none are open yet.

The Visitor Center is new since we were here last - very nice displays. Bathrooms, water, coffee, snacks, pretty amphitheatre. There's an Eagle Scout project in the back by the nature trail that has a little home for a desert tortoise. We could see him tucked into his bunker.

Saw two mule deer on the nature trail. Not many people using these very nice trails and all the amenities nearby. I forgot there are playgrounds by the picnic tables too. Did see two large groups on horse back tours.

Wildflowers
Mostly poppies, some lupine. No brittle bush yet - but likely in a week as buds have sprouted up.
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Another great day to do some hiking. The sun was shining and it was about 90F. Today I decided to do a short hike on the Clay Mine Trail. After dodging a few horses, the path went uphill. The mine was closed, but it was a nice hike. It is part of the Cave Creek Regional Park, and I recommend it to anyone.
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Go John/Overton/Clay Mine
This was my first time to the Cave Creek Recreation Area. I decided to do the Go John Trail clockwise and then the Overton trail clockwise to complete the figure eight (9 Miles). From there I drove over to the Clay Mine trail (1.7 Miles Round Trip) to satisfy my curiosity. Both of the trails were in great shape. I'd rank these as moderate hikes.

The wildflowers were showing pretty well today with many different types on the trails.

I ran in to a few people on the front side (south) of both the Go John and Overton trails, but had the back sides to myself. There were also a few Mountain bikers out there, one who was hauling downhill around a corner and came pretty close to getting me. It was a great day with perfect weather.

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Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info


$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park


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To hike
Take I-17 North and exit the Carefree highway exit. Go East about 7 miles to 32nd street and take a left. About 2 miles down the road you will reach the entrance station.
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