Go John Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cave Creek, Arizona. It is within Cave Creek Regional Park. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 2,119 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,125 feet. Near the trailhead there are drinking water, parkings, and restrooms. Along the trail there are benches.
Go John Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Browns Peak, the tallest of Four Peaks, is the highest point in Maricopa County. Hike through its oaks and pines in summer for a cool escape from the desert heat. The thrilling scramble to the summit is a heart-pounding and palm-sweating adventure."
--Charles Liu, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This trail winds through the lush Sonoran Desert foothills near Cave Creek, north of Phoenix. The first part of the loop follows an old road dating from the prospecting and mining era of the nineteenth century. After crossing a pass, the pleasant foot trail traverses the north side of some low hills, providing views north to the remote New River Mountains area. There are also good views of the Cave Creek area and the McDowell Mountains. surface: Dirt and rocks.This pleasant loop gives hikers a good introduction to the Sonoran Desert. From the trailhead, the Go John Trail first heads north up a drainage, climbing to a low saddle in the desert hills. It then drops north down a dry wash. As the trail turns east, watch for unmarked unofficial trails that leave the park; stay right, on the Go John Trail, at each junction. The trail crosses several minor drainages as it skirts the base of the hills on their north slopes."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
"The Go John Trail loops through beautiful Sonoran Desert in Cave Creek Regional Park, near Carefree. This easy loop presents sweeping views of New River Mesa, the East Cedar Mountains, the Bradshaw Mountains, and the Mazatzal Mountains."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"A gorgeous loop through the desert north of Phoenix. This pleasant loop gives hikers a good introduction to the Sonoran Desert. The abundance and diversity of plant life surprise most first-time visitors. One factor that allows the Sonoran Desert to contain so many different kinds of plants—from cacti and wildflowers to small trees and shrubs—is that there are two rainy seasons. Certain plants tend to utilize the winter moisture, while other species rely upon the summer rains. Thus, not every plant is competing all the time with its neighbor for the precious rare fluid. Permit: Park entrance fee must be paid."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
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