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Cave Creek Regional Park

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert. Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. Cave Creek Regional Park offers over 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to 4.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult.
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33.82254
Longitude
-112.01644
City/County
Cave Creek
State/Territory/Province
Arizona
Zip/Postal Code
85331
Country
United States
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Review Date
April 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: KirkAstroth ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode the Slate Trail to Flume Trail and back to the beginning. Great ride and only one deep wash to cross. Some rocks past the Flume junction, but manageable and the ride along the old Flume overlooking the valley is sweet. The ride on the flat road back to the starting point is a bit boring, but the rest of the trail made it worthwhile.

Recommended Route:
Call me cheap, but I parked on 32nd just before it enters the park. Parking area is on the left. To the right is as old two track with a State Trust Land sign. Ride this road, which is used by horses quite a bit and head northeast. It tops a small hill and you can see the picnic area inside the park. You will start heading back south on a single track which crosses a deep wash, back up the other side and onto a another two track that will lead you to the park entrance. There is even a small metal sign with an arrow that says "Park Entrance." Cross over the low barrier and ride to the paved road and horse trailer area, but continue on to the picnic loop. Start at the Slate Trail and follow this until the junction until the Flume Trail junction. Follow the Flume trail which goes all the way around the small mountain on your right. Takes you back to New River Road which joins up with 32nd and you right a short distance north back to your vehicle parked at the pull out before the park entrance.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Union Hills
McDowell Race Loops



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Review Date
October 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Footer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This review is for the Go John Trail in the Cave Creek Park.

Parking lot is labeled ‘Go John Trailhead.’ Great trail. Highly recommend. Good variety – some technical, some flow, some medium-length downhills. Exciting enough for somewhat advanced riders without being too dangerous for moderate riders, although I’d be cautious throughout – plenty of opportunity to brush cacti or slide down the hill if you leave the trail. The downhills are generally flat with few, if any bumps and banked turns. Nice scenery, both at and above the desert floor. Hard pack, of course, with plenty of rock. I ran 2.3s and originally thought they may be too wide but worked well on the rock.

There are also a few trails that leave and rejoin Go John but the trail maps say they are more moderate.

Topo maps are available at the Maricopa County Parks site at the link above. Look for the ‘maps’ link on their site.

Recommended Route:
Highly recommend counter-clockwise. By doing so you get to go down the boulder terrace and finish the trail going downhill on longer straights. I think that only very advanced riders are riding up the boulder terrace. The start point clockwise is at the end of the parking lot by the sign and where the curb opens to allow bikes through. The counter-clock entrance is on the right side of the parking lot.

Going counter-clock, you’ll start to the east through some flow, then turn to the north around the circumference of the hill. Once you make the turn west you get to the most technical riding, ups and downs, turns, narrow passages and the rock terrace, a long series of boulders stepping down. Then you begin a long moderate uphill through a series of turns taking you to the crest where you take the long downhill runs to the parking lot.



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Review Date
September 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Blade-Runner ,  Racer

Summary:
I am not one for too many words, just a heads up.

I was in town (Anthem) visiting family and rode the trails here a few times. The Go John Trail has some good technical sections and the Overton Trail is more smooth rolling. I recommend riding the Go John trail first.

These trails are worth riding.

Also check out: http://www.mountainbikeaz.com/trail_reviews/phx_cavecreek.php & http://www.maricopa.gov/PARKS/CAVE_CREEK/Biking.aspx

Recommended Route:
Go John & Overton Trails



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