Cave Creek Trail ties to several other trails, providing opportunities for loop hikes and rides. This trail passes through the Arizona Upland Phase of the Sonoran Desert and through riparian areas of sycamore and cottonwood. The riparian areas sometimes contain pools in which to cool off in the summer heat. These pools contain a variety of fish, including long-fin dace, Gila top minnow, Fathead minnow and green sunfish. Drier area vegetation includes saguaro, mesquite, palo verde and acacia. Eleventh-century Hohokam Indians farmed along the creek bed. Early cattlemen used the trail for moving livestock.
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.
To Cave Creek Seven Springs Trailhead Cave Creek TH in the Seven Springs Campground area.
From the intersection of Tom Darlington Rd and Cave Creek Rd, travel East on Cave Creek Rd. At 2.2 miles you pass Pima Rd. Continue on Cave Creek Rd and at 6.3 miles you reach Bartlett Dam Rd. Follow sign to Seven Springs Rd. At 9.1 miles you pass the Sears Kay Ruins. The pavement ends at 10.8 miles. You pass the Bronco TH at 13.8 miles and the road is now marked Forest Road 24. At 17.6 miles you pass a private ranch. At 17.9 miles you pass the Seven Springs Campground and the Cave Creek TH is on your left at 18.5 miles.
2012-03-07 Nahimana222 writes: From the signs I saw at the trailhead, you need a Tonto Pass to park.
From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 51.5 mi - about 1 hour 36 mins From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 153 mi - about 2 hours 57 mins From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 127 mi - about 2 hours 38 mins