Cave Creek Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

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Permanent streams are an oddity in the desert Southwest. It’s a good thing for you and your trail dog that the Tonto National Forest has developed the Cave Creek Trail system, which in addition to Cave Creek Trail 4 includes the Skunk Tank, Cottonwood, Skull Mesa, and Quien Sabe Trails. Start exploring this unique and beautiful area with the Cave Creek Trail.You and your dog will be walking in the footsteps of the Hohokam and Tonto Apache peoples, who at different times used this lush riparian area extensively. Little wonder. This thriving creek flows even in dry cycles and offers plenty of shady stretches among mighty cottonwoods and sycamores with easy access to the stream.

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"Permanent streams are an oddity in the desert Southwest. It’s a good thing for you and your trail dog that the Tonto National Forest has developed the Cave Creek Trail system, which in addition to Cave Creek Trail 4 includes the Skunk Tank, Cottonwood, Skull Mesa, and Quien Sabe Trails.

Start exploring this unique and beautiful area with the Cave Creek Trail.You and your dog will be walking in the footsteps of the Hohokam and Tonto Apache peoples, who at different times used this lush riparian area extensively. Little wonder. This thriving creek flows even in dry cycles and offers plenty of shady stretches among mighty cottonwoods and sycamores with easy access to the stream."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Phoenix
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 840 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best September through May
Trailhead Elevation: 3,440 feet
Top Elevation: 3,440 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger Station
Local Maps: Cave Creek USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Cave Creek Trail

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May 2018