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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,154 feet
Elevation Gain 142 feet
Accumulated Gain 142 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.97
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Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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🔥 2005 Cave Creek Complex169.4 mi*


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by joebartels

History
Go John Canyon was saved from development in 1998 by a 1996 state law that allows state trust land to be reclassified for preservation. This small canyon contains Hohokam archaeology sites, a riparian habitat, and goodies galore.


P.A. Seitts Preserves
The preserve was named in honor of Patricia Ann Seitts, a former executive director for the Land Trust who was instrumental in its preservation. She was focused on saving the land for future generations to enjoy this natural treasure. At the age of 52, Patricia died as a result of colon cancer.

Overview
Flat Rock Trail bridges the gap between Military Trail on the east and Quartz Trail on the west. The western 0.4-mi of the trail is within the Cave Creek Regional Park boundary. The eastern 0.1-mi is in the P.A. Seitts Preserve.


Hike
Flat Rock Trail is short, easy to follow, and well-signed on both ends. It is a great trail in the upper fork of Go John Canyon. Hiking east to west, the trail gently ascends 142 feet. There are no major ups, downs, turns, or concerns along the trail.

Dominate views to the northeast include Skull Mesa, Quien Sabe and Continental Mountain.


Two varieties of cholla pepper the terrain but keep an eye out for Parish's goldeneye. A few barrel cactus, a bunch of jojoba, Palo Verde and a hint of catclaw. Fear not, the trail is dreamy, you do not touch any of the brush unless you jump off-trail. Wolfberry was loaded with edible berries alongside the trail if you crave unsweetened Lycium acid. Some "claim" they are yummy and they are safe to sample.

Curve-billed thrashers were the dominant songbirds on my trip. I saw more tiny lizards than on the previous trail, Javelina scat was noted more than once.

Synopsis
Better than anticipated. Despite deadly humidity, distant views, tread, and flora extended the joy found along the Military Trail. A loop out here might be worth your time if you are not fixated on carrying a kitchen sink on your back through mountains in Colorado.

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2022-09-22 joebartels

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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 $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

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