easy HIKE --- CAVE CREEK (Seven Springs Recreation Area)

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

Difficulty: easy

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.


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).

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  • Ja K.

    Was a gorgeous hike! The best so far!

    April 20, 2014

  • Alex

    Couldn't make it up in time for the hike, but I'd be up for meeting wherever you guys go for lunch.

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    TY for lovely pictures and if you guys ever hike in east valley let me know. Namaste

    April 20, 2014

  • Ryan

    I woke up late so I will try one in early May

    April 20, 2014

  • Amanda C.

    Patrick was getting sick yesterday and is feeling really bad today, so we'll need to skip this. :-(

    April 20, 2014

  • Ryan

    A long drive so I will probably be there about 9

    April 19, 2014

  • Tyger G.

    Thought I might be able to do this one, but Larry and I went to the top of Saddle Mountain today, 1900 feet elevation each way and it took us 9 hours total (since I'm so slow), and was a killer trail, with no trail and just scrambling up slippery rocky inclines from the Saddle on up. Consequently, I'm absolutely beat, so I'm skipping this "easy" hike. After today, nothing will be easy for awhile, so I will see you all next week.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you do hike in east valley before it gets too hot will join you guys. Had lots of fun at the Gardens last week. TY for letting me come although I am only an agnostic. Namaste

    April 14, 2014

  • Gail

    Are you camping Jane? I might be interested. Also interested in carpooling after deciding about the camping - haha. Were you thinking Sat-Sun or Sun-Mon?

    April 14, 2014

  • Ja K.

    Anyone camping?

    April 7, 2014

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