Go John-Quartz-Slate loop is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, AZ that offers scenic views 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
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.