Go John Trail

Cave Creek, Arizona

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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.

Go John Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cave Creek
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Local Contacts: Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Cave Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Go John Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/14/2009
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Awesome hike - very few people frequent this 5.8 mile trail, but you're bound to see some wildlife and there are excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Just enough of a climb to get your heart rate going, but not too strenuous. Best time to go - March and April when the desert wildflowers are blooming!


4/21/2003
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Instead of hiking this trail, my husband and I rode our mountain bikes. I don't suggest this to to many people. You have to be the kind of rider that rides National at South mountain to ride this trail. It would be great to hike. The views are beautiful. I can't wait to go back and explore more of the trails that are located in State Trust land just outside of the park. We will probably ride our bikes again but just the first part of Overland trail and the east end of Go John.


2/23/2002
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I began the hike heading North completing a 4.8 mile clockwise loop. The time was approximately 8:15am. Within the first 100 yards or so, a the trail steadily began to incline at about 30-45 degrees. Once over the first of two noticiable saddles the intensity declines with the trail. Most of the terrain is a combination of small rock (mostly quartz i think) and dirt, making it a fairly comfotable hike. About midpoint the trail again begins to ascend at a steady grade of about 30 degrees. On this particular day, the trail was very dry and dusty. The views and scenary are spectacular. I noticed that this trail met up with a few others to extend the distance (7/8 miles) or could be kept to 4.8 miles. This trail is very beautiful and well preserved. If hiking with a group of people it tends to get long, but for a quiet peaceful hike for one or two, it can be very rejuvenating. Highly recommended!



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