Cave Creek Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Cave Creek Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 19.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,496 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips








no shade

over grown
4 months ago

Very overgrown. The creek is more standing water than anything special. The drive was nice we got on the trial about 8:00 ended up back at the car around 11:30.

over grown
7 months ago

The first 5 miles were great walking along the stream. You eventually see a sign that says you've gone 5 1/2 miles and the trail seemed to be heavily over grown after that. I dropped my pack to try and find the trail only to run into a rattlesnake in the tall grass. After about 30 minutes looking I went back to the sign and had to take another trail. Just a heads up.

Sat Oct 17 2009

I have to give this trail 4 stars simply because i would not at all recommend doing this trail on the counter clockwise route that the author did! When I hike this again I will definitely go clockwise for several reasons...the main one being i would prefer to get the most challenging part of the hike out of the way at the beginning (no shade and less scenic) and then enjoy the most beautiful portion of the loop at the end with trees along the creek providing shade! The trail was well marked with pink ribbons at the creek crossings and stacked rocks to follow when you doubt which way to go. It was hotter than normal today (103 in the valley) and I would not suggest hiking this in the summer since there is NO shade on the Skunk Creek portion of the trail. The Cave Creek portion was gorgeous - we stopped to eat along the creek and dunked our shirts in the water to cool off! Very refreshing...Loved the portion of the trail where you could see the old mine and hundreds of rusted tin cans...

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