Clay Mine Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Creek, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a pleasant out and back that is very close to the Visitor Center. Its not too difficult but there is quite a few easy elevation changes. The hike itself is quite nice on a well used trail. Be aware that the first 1/4 mile (starting from the Overton Trail) is the main path used by the horse rental facility, so there are a lot of horses on that stretch of the trail.
At the end of the trail you are rewarded with an interesting mine entrance (closed off). Overall fairly easy, worth doing at least once to see the mine, or a convenient way of adding and extra 1.5miles to the Overton loop.
Nice short hike. Highlight of course is the Clay Mine. It is now closed up with chain link fencing (although I see they have ranger-led tours on various dates). The sign says the mine was originally begun to find gold, but later a woman purchased it and mined the clay to sell in the form of a cure-all elixir. The trail goes from the RV campground to a junction with the Overton Trail.