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SEVEN SPRINGS Day Hike - Cave Creek Sat, Oct 5

Leader: Chris Horan (Chrishoran@hotmail.com) Length: 6 - 10 miles

Rating: Moderate

MEET in Denny’s parking lot, SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road, 7:00 AM or the trailhead @ 7:30

Elev change: 1800’

From the Cave Creek Trailhead, the Cave Creek Trail #4 begins as a lovely hike through the riparian area surrounding Cave Creek. After 0.3 miles, the trail intersects with Ashdale Road and crosses it, where it continues on the other side. (As an alternative, you can park on Ashdale Road and begin your hike here to avoid the first 0.3 miles of the trail.) After crossing Ashdale, the trail continues downhill to Cave Creek and begins to parallel it. At 0.7 miles, the trail passes over (yes, over) a fence. On the other side of the fence, the trail continues through a lush, riparian area filled with mesquite trees. This area is very lovely and wild - it gives you a sense that you are miles away from civilization...even though there are houses just on the other side of the creek. You can make this hike as long or as short as you want.

A Tonto Pass is NOT required to park at the trailhead.