Cave Creek Trail #4 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is within Tonto National Forest. It is 9.9 miles long and begins at 3,359 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,501 feet. The Ashdale Ranger Station ranger station can be seen along the trail.
"With 35 miles of trails, the Cave Creek trail system offers a variety of hiking terrain a short distance from Phoenix. A nice loop hike here follows perennial Cave Creek for a few miles downstream from the vicinity of the Seven Springs picnic site before returning via the desert foothills to the south." Read more
"This hike follows the perennial Cave Creek through its lush riparian upper course then cuts around some desert hills to rejoin the river lower in its canyon. This trail is both scenic and easy year-round. The estimated hike time assumes you spend some time splashing around. This stretch is the most popular of the Cave Creek trail system. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Riparian area, running water, crowned saguaro cacti." Read more
"Cave Creek Trail provides a pleasantly shaded and mild hike along the banks of the perennial Cave Creek. Enjoy the classic riparian flora and the trickling water. Then hike the hilly Skunk Tank Trail for a good workout as you loop back to the trailhead.
Access Cave Creek Trail 4 from a parking lot just past the campground, 0.6 mile inside the entrance to Seven Springs Recreation Area. A large trailhead plaque maps out trails in the area. Begin by following the trail south behind the campground. You’ll immediately notice that this hike differs from other desert hikes." Read more
"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." Read more
"North of Phoenix, the low-lying, flat Valley of the Sun abruptly gives way to the foothills of the New River Mountains, a complex of mesas, canyons, Sonoran Desert peaks, and even some seasonal streams. This loop hike follows portions of Cave Creek, one such creek within the southern portion of the New River Mountains in the Tonto National Forest. Start on the Cave Creek Trail (Forest Trail 4), which follows the creek, crossing it a few times. After about 4 miles, turn left onto the Skunk Tank Trail. After another 5 miles, turn left onto Forest Trail 247 to return to the trailhead. Along Cave Creek is a lovely riparian habitat featuring Fremont cottonwood and Arizona sycamore. This is a great birding area, especially in late spring and early summer." Read more