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Cave Creek Recreation - 5 members in 15 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 24 2019
AZBeaver
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 Photos 326
 Triplogs 124

65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.54 mph
1,114 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Hiked the Cave Creek Regional Park Area for a fitness hike. Great day!
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Sep 02 2018
DarthStiller
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 Guides 15
 Routes 234
 Photos 6,048
 Triplogs 438

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Slate Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking10.00 Miles 997 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.26 mph
997 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Last weekend before football season starts, so I wanted to get a hike in before a couple Sundays off. I wanted to keep the mileage around the 10 mile mark with the heat still kicking. The CCRA looked to be a good area to be able to do that, plus it's another place where I haven't hiked those trails in over 15 years.

I picked up my friend Ted on the way up and met Brian at the trailhead. Brian had to be done by 11, so he was already there for a half hour by the time we showed up. We headed east on the Go John Trail, then took the Jasper Trail down to the Slate Trail, and took that all the way outside the park to the connecting trails in the preserve and/or private area to the east. The Slate Trail meets a trail that kind of forms a tee. We stopped there and headed back west and took what seems to be labeled the Military Trail to the north and headed back into the CCRA. Along this area we ran into 3 older ladies riding horses who weren't sure where they were going. there were a few trail junctions we encountered that aren't on the Maricopa County maps, so that might have had something to do with their confusion.

In the park, once we got to the Quartz Trail, Brian started to trail run the rest of his route. Ted and I kept a leisurely pace. We ended up taking the Quartz Trail north to the Go John Trail, and finished the loop back around to the trailhead. Saw 6 other hikers and a few bikers. The weather was much more pleasant than my last two local hikes in the heat and humidity.

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Jan 29 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2018
mazatzal
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.50 mph
1,600 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
Took a visitor for her last hike of this trip.
Overton - Go John - Quartz - Slate - Jasper
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Jan 05 2018
AZBeaver
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 Photos 326
 Triplogs 124

65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2018
AZBeaver
Hiking8.65 Miles 1,103 AEG
Hiking8.65 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.70 mph
1,103 ft AEG      19 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Great hike today in the Cave Creek Recreational Park. Temps in the 70's. Although we haven't had any rain, the desert in this area still looks fairly green and is such a beautiful desert. Haven't hiked this area in a long time. I will be back soon!
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Feb 16 2015
CdnInAz
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 Routes 58
 Photos 305
 Triplogs 114

55 male
 Joined Jun 02 2008
 Cave Creek, Az
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2015
CdnInAz
Hiking3.71 Miles 559 AEG
Hiking3.71 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.59 mph
559 ft AEG      3 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
started at visitor center, up Go John, around Overton
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Mar 22 2014
Stoic
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 Routes 203
 Photos 4,740
 Triplogs 400

43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2014
Stoic
Hiking26.55 Miles 4,783 AEG
Hiking26.55 Miles   9 Hrs   17 Mns   3.02 mph
4,783 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Day 1
8.75 miles, 3h 11m, 1418 AEG. 2.75mph.
Day 2
17.81 Miles, 6h 6m, 2546 AEG, 2.9MPH

Day 1,
I took both my pups up to Cave Creek Regional park. We did the ClayMine, Overton West Boundary, Jasper trail, and parts of the slate and Go John Trails.
Day 2
On day 1, I hadnt planned on hiking the rest of the park all in one day. If I had planned better, I could have shaved 2 miles off todays hike. I did a lot of backtracking today. Day 2 started out perfect. Great weather with an early start. I only took my Jack Russell (Miss Ellie) with me today. This is her first hike with out my other dog. We did the GO John trail, backtracked to the Quartz trail. Then we did the Flume trail forward and backward. Then the slate trail a little past Cave Creek, then backtracked back to the truck. Miss Ellie did great! We didnt take any real breaks. She stopped running back and forth around the 5 mile mark, and kept pace the rest of the trip. I dont know how dogs do this, but when we got close to the truck she knew we where close to the truck. Her paced picked up the last 1/4 mile. She remembered that part of the trail from 2 days ago.
All the trails in the park are great trails, except the flume trail. The flume trail is hiking on the desert floor. 1 mile of the trail is on an access road.

Miss Ellie learned a valuable lesson.. Dont chase birds into a cactus. http://hikearizona.com/photo=404850 This picture was taken, after I took 20% of the thornes out. She did very well during the surgery. She didnt chase any birds off the trail after that.
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Jan 01 2009
LeeAnn
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 Photos 77
 Triplogs 13

44 female
 Joined Dec 27 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2009
LeeAnn
Hiking
Hiking   4 Hrs      0.00 mph
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
Nov 23 2008
hhwolf14
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 Photos 832
 Triplogs 173

41 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2008
hhwolf14
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Did sections of the Slate, Flume, and Overton trails. Marley met his first horse- and after the initial growl/bark/cower got brave enough to sniff his muzzle, and decided the giant hooved beasts weren't so bad after all. :lol:
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May 22 2008
cabel
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 Guides 4
 Photos 2,681
 Triplogs 395

55 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2008
cabel
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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All who wander are not lost...just me.
Jul 30 2007
cabel
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 Guides 4
 Photos 2,681
 Triplogs 395

55 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2007
cabel
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.37 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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All who wander are not lost...just me.
Jan 02 2007
mkingaz
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 Triplogs 12

63 male
 Joined Dec 01 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2007
mkingaz
Hiking3.20 Miles
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs      1.60 mph
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took the Slate trail for leisurely New Years Day hike. Not as many people out as expected, except for horse riders. Beautiful day out of the Phoenix smog!!
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Oct 22 2005
seattlehiker
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 Guides 15
 Routes 203
 Photos 3,279
 Triplogs 306

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 Joined Dec 25 2006
 Seattle, WA
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2005
seattlehiker
Hiking4.07 Miles
Hiking4.07 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.22 mph
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
4 miles. The trail is actually much longer but the trail was not in good condition. We completely forgot about all the fire and flood damage to the area. The day we hiked there were two crews working on the trail. After about 2 miles we lost the trail and decided to head back. We were disappointed since we had to pay $5 to enter the park and there were no signs about the trail damage at the self pay station. There were signs at the trailhead however so I'd recommend checking out the trailhead before deciding if you want to part with your money. I didn't get my money back but we did get a reply back from the Tonto Forest Public Affairs Office after emailing them a complaint. Unfortunately there was a lot of damage and it will require time to fix it. Directions: Drive east from Carefree on Cave Creek Road for 6 miles. The road then becomes Forest Road 24. Continue on for another 12 miles. It's a well maintained gravel road that is OK for cars. The trailhead and parking is just past the Seven Springs picnic and campground areas.
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Feb 09 2003
bryanmertz
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 Guides 1
 Photos 26
 Triplogs 199

47 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2003
bryanmertz
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
If you live in this part of the valley this is probably a decent day hiking area. I don't think it's worth it to make a drive up though. There are better hikes closer to most of us.

This area would be good for trail running as they are wide trails and easy to navigate. Be on the lookout for Horse and Mtn. Bikes though.

Went with Steve & Sara
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Jun 18 2002
piv
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 Triplogs 1

39 male
 Joined Aug 14 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek RecreationPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 18 2002
piv
Mtn Biking6.30 Miles
Mtn Biking6.30 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.78 mph
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I took the Overton trail and connected to the Go John trail. Overton is quite easy, but the Go John trail gets way dirty. This is a very rocky trail with some steep grades. Watch for horses! I did this loop pretty quickly but it was like 110F so I was a little slower than usual. Have fun. -piv
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Mar 25 1999
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 1999
mazatzal
Hiking5.30 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs      2.12 mph
700 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Partners none no partners
Took some visitors round the loop and did Overton too.
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average hiking speed 2.3 mph

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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