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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 way into the mine itself. Quite often, they have moonlight hikes on the Clay Mine trail. However, I've never gone on one. They give tours of the Clay Mine and go into its history and the history of other mines. The tour is led by a ranger and often lasts around 2 hours.
The train is about 0.8 miles one way, and at the end, you get to see a part of Arizona history and go a little way 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 abandoned clay mine. 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 more significant tasks.
Cave Creek Park is a worthy 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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