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Tortuga Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 498 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Tortuga is a point-to-point trail that connects the Spur Cross and Elephant Mountain trails within the Spur Cross Regional Park. Tortuga is a point-to-point trail that connects the Spur Cross and Elephant Mountain trails within the Spur Cross Regional Park.

The last quarter of a mile to the trailhead is a dirt road, but it is graded and well-maintained, so it is accessible even by compact cars. There are restrooms and picnic tables at the trailhead.

44000 N. Spur Cross Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331

The trailhead for the Spur Cross Regional Park is located at 44000 N. Spur Cross Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 . From the parking lot, take Spur Cross to the left, and you will reach Tortuga in 0.6 miles.

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Daniel Gordon
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Laurie Sandman
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Christine S. Church
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Interesting trail. Rocky and flat areas

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Laurie Sandman
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Lovely trail. Nice workout going up Tortuga

Djin Anderson
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$3/PP cash only

Francis Chaten
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Beautiful trail, rockier than some but no real problems.

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Chloe Skorpikova
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William Protexter
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Scott & Megan Stevens
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Beautiful hike. Creek running. Dogs had fun playing in the water.

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Sarath Akkineni
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Spur Cross, and Tortuga Trails were easy to walk and not so rocky. Elephant Mountain was very rocky and time consuming. Overall a good hike.

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Luis Aviles
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Joanne Dahm
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Very rocky and not well maintained. The guide at the front was an incredibly rude and condescending young woman. Since we asked questions, she treated us as if we were idiots; we also had to pull information from her about the trails. Stark contrast to the very helpful people at McDowell who are happy to show different options on the map. I’m not coming back to give them my 3 dollars.

Scott Southee
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Part of this trail is steep and rocky, but beyond that provides some of the best views in the Preserve; well worth walking on rocks for a short distance! Wear good hiking footwear.

Andrew Johnson
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Nice trail, relatively easy with a few inclines. Marked well, but there are a few intersecting trails and the signs are turned around. Will be going back.

Samantha Skywalker
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Walking

A gorgeous scenic walk through saguaros and some vegetation change! Anyone can do this and everyone should! $3 entrance fee and very friendly volunteers :)

Jessica Kaufman
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Its unique in such a beautfiul way. Kind of confusing in the beginning. Took a leff when i got to the area with bathrooms. Went and took the tortuga route But it was a while before I saw the Tortuga trail sign. Take it early, it gets very hot.

Jana B
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Hiking among the majestic Saguaro's. Beautiful! The trail, a few rocky spots but a scenic, serene hike with views. Highly recommended.

Christi Farris
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Was suggested by the ranger that I try this trail if I wanted elevation gain. This was a nice trail for views and just the right amount of strain. Loved getting to the top and seeing Elephant Mountain right there in front of me. Took this counterclockwise.

Donna Fedor
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We connected to Tortuga from Dragonfly and made our way up to Elephant and turned around and headed back down Tortuga to the left. Very lovely trail. Beautiful.

Jesse Csincsak
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It was beautiful however not well marked the higher up you go will go back and hike it again !!

Daniel Riley
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There is a short section of loose rock about halfway along Tortuga. Watch your footing and wear appropriate shoes. Elephant Mountain is to the west (left) and Sugarloaf Mountain is to the east (right) as you approach the junction with the Elephant Mountain Trail.

Laurie Sandman
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Peggy DeCair
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Steph Bosch
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