This trail provides serenity and a pleasantly shaded mild hike along the banks of perennial Cave Creek. Enjoy the classic riparian flora and the trickling water. Featured are a wide variety of plant and animal life normally not found in the desert. You’ll see juniper, maple, cottonwood, sycamore, walnut, willow, elm, and even quaking aspen trees. And the stream is habitat for rare fish... long fin dace, fathead minnow, green sunfish and the endangered Gila top minnow.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. However, since this is an out-n-back trail, hikers may choose their own pace and distance. We will all turn around and return at a predetermined agreed upon time or when the lead group does. I expect we will go out about 2-3 miles and time expended overall should be about 3 or more hours. The hike is considered “easy”. The trail will gradually descend about 150 feet before we return.
See photos from our 4/6/13 hike here:
Here are photos from our hike here 4/29/12:
Here are photos from our hike here 5/15/11:
Here is a link to photos of the entire hike ..and more than we’ll do (but it was in winter):
Distance: 3-5 miles TBD
Time: 3-4 hours TBD
Trail: packed dirt, gravel, crushed rock, one or two creek crossings
Elevation: 3300 ft.
change: about 150 ft.
Parking: paved lot with toilet
Tailhead GPS: 33° 58’ 20.95” N, 111° 51’ 59.74” W
Entry fees: NO… see below
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
Water shoes can be useful around rocks and water.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
How to find us: Meet at the trailhead parking lot. (See directions below) …. If lost or late, my cell is[masked]….but cell phone service is bad out there.
TO GET THERE… from the 101 drive north on Pima Rd. 12 miles and turn right and follow Cave creek Rd. 6 miles to the Tonto National Forest. Continue on Cave Creek Rd. which turns into FR24 which becomes a dirt road “suitable for most passenger cars”. Go 10 miles down FR 24 to the pay station at Seven Springs Recreation Area. Then proceed about a half mile further to the Cave Creek Trailhead. THERE IS NO NEED TO BUY A PARKING PASS AS LONG AS YOU PARK AT THE CAVE CREEK TRAILHEAD.
Google says trail head is about 1 hr. 30 min. from the intersection of the 101 and I-17
Google says trail head is about 1 hr. 40 min. from the Fiesta Mall
BUT allow time for several MILES OF DIRT ROAD.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Following the hike, we will undoubtedly end up at a rehydration location in Cave Creek…
Buffalo Chip Saloon (http://www.buffalochipsaloon.com/buffalochipmenu.html).