Go John-Quartz-Slate Loop

EASY 10 reviews

Go John-Quartz-Slate Loop is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 1059 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding




Great easy loop with one of a kind views of giant Quartz rock. Great Desert Scenery and make sure you take plenty of water. If you are looking for a longer but easy loop, this is an easy loop to hike inside the Cave Creek Park. Be aware that there is an entrance fee (per Car) to get into the Park. There is no water and very little shade, so make sure you go prepared.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Have hiked and MtBike this loop many times ! awesome views love it a good workout all around challenging

1 month ago

2 months ago

Outstanding!!! This is one of my favorite hikes. It has a little of everything: hills, challenging terrain, flat places, and GORGEOUS scenery. It is and will be one of my favorites!!

3 months ago

Great trail. The first section of the Go John (hiking clockwise) has a pretty steady incline, definitely get some heart rates up. But the pass onto the Quartz Train and on is nice and easy and overall was a very peaceful and enjoyable hike. Trails well maintained and well marked and facilities are clean and easy to access. A great hike close to town!

3 months ago

Great Add-On to Go John Trail. Spectacular abundant Quartz all around!

8 months ago

Great trail, easy with a few spots that are moderate. Depending on direction it can give you a different challenge. During the spring, expect lots of house poop on the path from the trail rides.

1 year ago

2 years ago

This hike has grand desert views, moderate elevation changes and lots of areas that makes the hiker believe that he's the only person on the trail. If one is looking for some time to contemplate life's events, then this is a good hike. If the hiker is relatively new and looking to get the hiking legs in shape, this is a good hike.

The most fascinating thing about this loop is that each portion of the trail boasts something a bit different. On the Slate portion. large sheets of slate and jagged edges peak from the desert. Once the turn is made onto the Quartz Trail, it's a change to large pieces of quartz everywhere the eye looks. The intersection with the Go John trail to return to the parking lot brings a bit more rocky of a trail, but the promise is there of solitude.

2 years ago

This is a great easy loop in Cave Creek Park, that provides you with some unique views of Quartz Rock and stunning desert scenery. Although it is just over 3.5 miles, there is little elevation change, so not to strenuous. Make sure you have plenty of water, and there is little to no shade available on this hike.
Great visitor center at Cave Creek Park, entrance fee was $6 per car. Highly Recommended.

3 years ago

This is a very easy Nature Trail connecting the Slate Trail and the Go John Trail. It has some nice signs showing some of the plants of the desert, and is just far away from the car park that you feel like you are deep in the desert.