Go John Trail Hike

Cave Creek, Arizona

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cave Creek
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Cave Creek Regional Park
Local Maps: USGS Cave Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Go John Trail Hike

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May 2018