Clay Mine Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Clay Mine Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly 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 and walking 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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

cave

views

wildlife

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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).

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, March 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.

hiking
Friday, January 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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