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Overton Trail - CCRP, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,060 feet
Elevation Gain 385 feet
Accumulated Gain 553 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.97
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10  2018-12-02 DarthStiller
7  2018-09-02
Slate Trail - CCRP
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10  2017-10-21
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15  2017-03-26 Uncharted
5  2016-08-13 Sun_Ray
15  2016-03-13
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7  2016-01-02 Crzy4AZ
17  2015-05-25 Katzen4
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:24am - 5:20pm
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CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa Trail
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa Trail
0.7 mi away
13.0 mi
2,110 ft
West Boundary Cave Creek Regional
0.7 mi away
0.2 mi
118 ft
Go John Trail - CCRP
Go John Trail - CCRP
0.8 mi away
5.4 mi
1,260 ft
Cave Creek Recreation
Cave Creek Recreation
0.9 mi away
Clay Mine Trail - CCRP
0.9 mi away
0.8 mi
385 ft
Slate Trail - CCRP
1.0 mi away
2.0 mi
157 ft
Jasper Trail - CCRP
1.0 mi away
0.2 mi
66 ft
Quartz Trail - CCRP
1.1 mi away
1.4 mi
-250 ft
Flume Trail - CCRP
1.6 mi away
2.5 mi
190 ft
Cave Creek Cave
Cave Creek Cave
2.3 mi away
2.0 mi
100 ft
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by Al_HikesAZ

Likely In-Season!
Overview: This is a pleasant hike close to North Phoenix and North Scottsdale with access to abandoned mines. You can hike the Overton Trail out and back, you can use it to create longer or shorter loops with the Go John Trail or you can use it to access State Trust Land if you have your permit. This area is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Great facilities and staging areas.


Note: The posted official route (as seen to the right) is backwards for map readability on the Cave Creek Recreational Map. The following description reads as you would approach from the SE end nearest a trailhead.

Hike: From the Overton East Trailhead (elevation 2,060 feet) head west past the very nice restrooms and picnic area. At .3 miles a small spur joins the trail from the south from the Overton West Trailhead Continue west. Climb a small hill. At .4 miles you reach a small saddle. You can take an excursion to the left onto the Clay Mine Trail to an abandoned mine. This was a mining area and there are a lot of interesting rocks. Continue west on the Overton Trail. The campground is in the distance on your left. You curve around the mountain and begin a modest climb. State Trust Land is on your left. You continue to curve around the mountain until you are heading northeast. At 1.2 miles a spur trail to the northwest leads out of the Cave Creek Recreation Area onto State Trust Land. If you have a State Trust Land Permit, you can hike that area. Continue on the Overton Trail. At 1.9 miles you crest a saddle at 2,445 feet and start downhill. At 2.1 miles you intersect the Go John trail in a riparian area.
You now have three choices:
1) turn left to take the longer portion of the Go John Loop and add 4 miles to the loop (or to leave the Cave Creek Recreation area and explore the State Trust Land if you have a State Trust Land Permit)
2) turn right to take the shorter portion of the Go John Loop up the hill to an abandoned mine and then down to the Go John Trailhead and back past the picnic area to the Overton Trailhead (a 1.2 mile trail back to the Overton Trailhead)
3) turn around and make this an out and back on the Overton Trail. The round trip distance for this hike is the out and back on the Overton Trail.

Al_HikesAZ
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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 or $85 annual

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park


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From Phoenix: Take 17 North to the Carefree Highway (Exit 223). Head east on the Carefree Highway for about 7 miles. Turn left (north) onto 32nd Street. About a mile and a half up the road you enter the Cave Creek Park area. There is a $3 fee per vehicle to enter the park. The Overton Trailhead is located on the left hand side of the road, about three-quarters of a mile past the campground.

From Phoenix: Take SR51 to the 101 then west on the 101 to Cave Creek Road (the first exit after the transition). North xx miles to the intersection with the Carefree Highway. Turn left (west) on Carefree Highway to 32nd st. Turn right (north) onto 32nd St. follow the instructions in the previous description.

From Scottsdale, take the 101 and loop around past Desert Ridge Mall to Cave Creek Road. Follow the instructions in the previous description.
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