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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.
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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 4.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,060 feet
Elevation Gain 385 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.13
Author Al_HikesAZ
Descriptions 11
Routes 89
Photos 2,643
Trips 241 map ( 2,306 miles )
Age 85
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Sun  5:52am - 7:11pm
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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.
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$6 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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