register help

Clay Mine Trail - CCRP, AZ

AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
134 33 0
Guide 33 Triplogs  0 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
2.5 of 5 by 11
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
clicktap icons for details
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
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
editedit > ops > dogs to adjust
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
5  2020-03-24 Sun_Ray
1  2019-12-13
Clay Mine West Boundary Loop
1  2019-12-13
Go John Trail - CCRP
26  2019-12-10
Go Over Clay John
10  2018-12-02
Overton Trail - CCRP
29  2014-03-22
Cave Creek Recreation
7  2013-03-16
Overton Trail - CCRP
6  2010-04-17 Patruinaz
Page 1,  2
Author dbskip81
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 0
Photos 21
Trips 29 map ( 51 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Expand Map
Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:28am - 7:40pm
Official Route
3 Alternative
Fauna Nearby
Flora Nearby
Meteorology Nearby
Culture Nearby
Go Mining
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.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2008-01-17 dbskip81
  • Campgrounds
    area related
  • Cave Creek Map
    area related
    Cave Creek Map
  • Cave Creek Map - Closeup
    area related
    Cave Creek Map - Closeup
  • Cave Creek Map - Print Version
    area related
    Cave Creek Map - Print Version
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.

Permit $$
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

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

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.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
help comment issue

end of page marker