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Clay Mine Trail - CCRP, AZ

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Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 652 feet
Elevation Gain -202 feet
Accumulated Gain 210 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.85
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Waterfall
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Author dbskip81
author avatar Guides 3
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Photos 21
Trips 29 map ( 51 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:17am - 7:42pm
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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 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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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.
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