Cave Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A desert day hike along a flowing stream. Along Cave Creek is a lovely riparian habitat with Fremont cottonwoods, ash, alder, walnut, and Arizona sycamores. This is a great birding area, especially in late spring and early summer.
Once you leave the creek, the route enters typical Sonoran desert. Saguaro, cholla, ocatillo, and palo verde are common. On your way to the trailhead, just inside the forest boundary, is a halfmile side trip to Sears-Kay Ruin, the remains of a thousand-year-old Hohokam settlement. A self-guided tour includes signs explaining the site. Permit: Parking fee at Cave Creek Trailhead."