Clay Mine Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 226 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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$7.00 Fee 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 1.6 miles to the Overton loop.

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19 days ago

Wouldn’t drive here or pay $7 to hike this trail. That said, if you’re already in the park, it’s a worthwhile spot to check out. The start point has been moved from what’s indicated on the map. The main redeeming quality is the mine itself. While you can’t go in it (and for good reason) you can see both a vertical and a horizontal access into the mine, which is unique — you can see the light from the vertical access when looking into the horizontal part.

This part of Clay Mine Trail is a continuation past it's intersection with the Overton Trail over to the Go John Trail. It's a nice easy 20 minute hike.

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2 months ago

We did the Overton trail and then Clay mine just to the mind and back out.

4 months ago

The route shown here is not accurate. The trail starts at the top loop of the campground. Good way to get to Overton Trail and Go John Loop Trail.

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4 months ago

Overton start to Clay Mine trail out and back with a missed trail detour. Perfect for the distance of 2.5 miles (with the detour)!

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9 months ago

8-22-19 Dedicated this 52nd Hike to my Son, Clayton :). This was my last hike in my first #52hikechallenge2019. Picked it for the name Clay. Mine Trail. Really cool mine with fenced/closed access but you still get a good visual. Set up a tour if you want to hike through. $7.00 fee, bathrooms throughout park....Have Fun!

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Wed Apr 17 2019

Great short morning hike to get the blood flowing! Beautiful views.

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Tue Mar 05 2019

Very short hike. Mine is blocked off but still very cool

Mon Jan 14 2019

Short, easy hike. Mine tour short and kid friendly. Maybe long line to wait for the tour

Sun Dec 16 2018

No dogs in cave.

Sun Oct 21 2018

Tunnel is blocked off. No access anywhere

Sun Feb 25 2018

too much horse poop 4 me. best as a loop with Overton, but not on a weekend with bikers & horses

Tue Jan 30 2018

Nice short easy trail. Picture is misleading as the mine shaft/tunnel is gated shut.

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Sun Jan 21 2018

Very short trail. I ended up looping around Overton trail. The cave is closed and small regardless. Also Maricopa parking fee applies, $6 I believe unless you have the Maricopa pass(who ch I do so i forgot the exact price).

Fri Jan 05 2018

Nice trial did it with the dog and the kids I would definitely recommend it for little kids.

Thu Jan 04 2018

Can get bogged down behind groups on hoseback so we moved on to another trail.

Tue Jan 02 2018

Nicely groomed trail. Interesting to see & read about the history of the mine. Enjoyed this short trail.

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Sat Dec 23 2017

We added this trail while we did the Overton trail. It was cool I see the cave but it is blocked off so you can’t go in.

Thu Feb 23 2017

Beautiful walk, short distance with accessibility to increase distance and level of difficulty.

Mon Jan 30 2017

fun trail if you wanna take the kids, otherwise too short.

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Mon Mar 10 2014

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.

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Fri Jan 25 2013

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.

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