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Cave Creek Trail #4, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
3.6 of 5 by 35
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,602 feet
Elevation Gain 839 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,490 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 16.65
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Collective Slideshow
5  2019-01-12
Skull Mesa and Chalk Canyon
15  2018-12-25
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
24  2018-12-05
Skull Mesa and Chalk Canyon
11  2018-11-30
Cave Creek / Skunk Tank Loop
24  2018-11-28
Quien Sabe Peak
8  2018-11-04
Spur Cross Limestone Loop
20  2018-06-06 RowdyandMe
6  2018-06-03 gad38
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec → Early
Seasons   Winter to Spring
Sun  7:33am - 5:44pm
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22 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Limestone Trail #252 - Spur Cross
Limestone Trail #252 - Spur Cross
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2.9 mi
940 ft
Towhee Trail - Spur Cross
Towhee Trail - Spur Cross
1.6 mi away
0.2 mi
6 ft
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur Cross
Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur Cross
1.6 mi away
2.1 mi
667 ft
Tortuga Trail - Spur Cross
Tortuga Trail - Spur Cross
1.6 mi away
1.2 mi
154 ft
Metate Trail - Spur Cross
Metate Trail - Spur Cross
1.7 mi away
0.8 mi
75 ft
Mariposa Hill
Mariposa Hill
2.0 mi away
2.4 mi
230 ft
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
Cave Creek / Cottonwood Loop via Spur Cross
2.0 mi away
24.5 mi
3,950 ft
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk Canyon
2.0 mi away
9.5 mi
1,657 ft
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur Cross
Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur Cross
2.0 mi away
6.8 mi
1,977 ft
Black Mesa - Cave Creek
Black Mesa - Cave Creek
2.1 mi away
11.7 mi
3,100 ft
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Likely In-Season!
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.

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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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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

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
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