Go John Trail

MODERATE 564 reviews

Go John Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 849 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This trail is within Cave Creek Regional Park located off Carefree Hwy a few miles west of cave creek road.

mountain biking
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rocky
1 day ago

Busy trail on a Sunday with 20 hikers, 3 horses and 2 other bikes. Good trail but had to walk up a few stretches that were narrow, steep and rocky. Good challenge!

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

Great Views!

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rocky
26 days ago

27 days ago

Nice trail. Went with our 7 YO. Took us almost 4 hrs with lots of stops and lunch.

hiking
no shade
rocky
28 days ago

$7 park fee. First half mile is switch back depending on which way you go on the trail (clock wise). Otherwise, gentle sloping trail. Parts where you have to go back up and then down. I didn’t find this trail particularly difficult at all. Lots of people riding bikes and trail running out here. Good place to come just for a few hours of walking.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

running
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rocky
1 month ago

Great work out. It has a little bit of everything. Some technical areas, some good climbs, some straight down slopes for working on leg turnover. Go clockwise if you want to run/hike. Not too busy for a beautiful day.

definitely more than 800' elevation Gain. we exceeded that in the first mile. all trails needs to update info.this trail is all up and down desert mountain hikes like most others in the area

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muddy
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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A pleasant walk with a few moderate climbs. I walked it twice in November with nice dry weather and not too hot. I recommend doing it clockwise. Take plenty of water. Amazing saguaro cacti and great rocks. 7$ per car admission

hiking
fee
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

kid friendly if you have kids like mine! 4 year old did it just a few slow spots! love this hike though lots of fun

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was great for my dogs and I. There is a fee to get into the park. Worth it for the great views and well marked trails though. Everyone we passed was really polite!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike for elevating heart rate. Some good inclines, beautiful open desert hike.

hiking
3 months ago

The perfect trail for someone who wants to see beautiful scenery without having to do super strenuous hiking! The trail is wide and rocky with gentle inclines and descents throughout. There are beautiful northern views of nearby Spur Creek Conservation Area and Elephant mountain and city views to the south. The cacti and brush throughout are varied and thriving. There are several natural cuts in the landscape that let you see beautiful rock deposits too. Bottom line, stunning views that you don’t have to work hard to get to.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Very nice trail, beautiful views - you really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere Started on the north side - kept going up in the beginning but then it was flat most of the time - it took me a little over two hours - I am a beginner

hiking
4 months ago

This is so far our favourite hike in the Phoenix area due the combination of terrain, relative isolation and flora and fauna diversity- we cannot wait for spring hiking here with the flowers

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

8-22-19 Sunrise Hike! Nice maintained trail. Rocky with an easy to moderate elevation pretty much throughout the hike. Not much wildlife today other than the jack rabbits and lizards...we were hoping to see the Desert Tortoises....$7.00 fee, washrooms throughout park but not at Trailhead. Enjoy!

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful! Awesome trail run!

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