Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Cave Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

love this Trail have walked it many times if you walk it clockwise it's harder more up hills nice and scenic

Super beautiful - went around 2pm on a weekday; saw a few people at the start of the spur cross trail then no-one until I hit boca grande wash and dragonfly loop. Goes without saying but watch for snakes! Saw a rattler near the start of spur cross trail. Upper dragonfly trail may be my new favourite section in spur cross - you feel like you're on a different planet. Very easy elevation changes but long enough overall for an ok workout. Lots of water for my dog to splash around in down in the loop so she may have a new favourite loop hike too. If you're a creeker and haven't done so already go to town hall and pay your $1 for your annual spur cross pass.

hiking
4 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. The huge amount of large saguaros was breathtaking. No road noise. Trails very well marked. We went on a cool day (64 degree high) and there was a breeze, so that made this almost easy. We also loved the amount of benches to stop and take it all in, take a water break, have a snack. The only reason this isn't rated as a 5 is the large amount of loose rocks on both the ups and the downs. Wear good hiking boots, and bring your sticks!

hiking
4 days ago

It is more of an easy trail rather then Moderate. great views but had to share the trail with horses and Mountain Bike riders which was not an ideal situation,
The trail is very well marked and the entire park is gorgeous, so it's worth one trip.

on Go John Trail

5 days ago

Hiked with our dogs this morning. A good workout for all. Loved the views.

trail running
7 days ago

Great trail, good mix of up and downhill. Trail is well marked and maintained.

Quiet hike on a Thursday afternoon in November. I honestly feel as though I am the only person on the planet right now...ahhhhhh...

Great hike. Beautiful views! On the easy side of moderate. I would definitely recommend it.

hiking
10 days ago

Especially beautiful when water is present in Cave Creek. A great variety of shady and sunny trails and scenery.

Went counter-clockwise. Great hike up the hill out of the valley and nice easy descent. Had the place to ourselves early on a weekday. Highly recommended.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail. Easy side of moderate, lots of ups and downs. We went in the early morning, and there's a good deal of shade to rest and take it all in. We went clockwise. Although there is a $7 fee to get into the park, if you go to the visitor center, you can get a 3-pass or a 5-pass that takes the cost down to $5 per visit. We will be doing this trail again. This is our favorite trail so far in the area, but I would rate it to be a very easy side of "moderate" compared to some other moderate hikes we have done across the country.

hiking
13 days ago

Came to this trail by mistake. Ended up being a very good workout. Legs felt like barely cooked spagghetti noodles on the way down.

hiking
14 days ago

I started at the switchback trailhead. Took me 2hrs 15 mins for the full loop. Beautiful country. Moderate difficulty. Would definitely recommend!

Beautiful hike with awesome views, I would consider this hike closer to easy in intensity. It was also heavily trafficked at times with many being novice hikers.

Nice trail for walking, not a lot of loose rocks. Enough climbs to get the heart going.

hiking
25 days ago

All elevation changes were gradual and not difficult. Great trail for kids!

It is a great workout.

Tunnel is blocked off. No access anywhere

hiking
28 days ago

Really good hike and I would say it is moderate. You get the up hill part done first, so that's nice. There are really great views for being in Phoenix. I would definitely go again.

on Spur Cross Trail

1 month ago

Went after the storm, the creek was running and the hiking was a completely different experience. Highly recommend before the creek dries up

This is a very special mountain

1 month ago

one of my favorites. it is a Maricopa county maintained trail, and there is a small fee to enter.
like any desert trail, be wear of snakes, bring water, and know your limitations.
the views are fantastic, and you might get to see some wild life.
be safe, and enjoy.

Great trail to hike with some nice views.

Awesome workout !

Tough hike. Views at the summit are worth the trip.

This is my favorite trail in Maricopa County. The views are varied and spectacular. A nice combination of desert and forest-like scenery. At one point you cross the creek in Cave Creek, but it has been dry all summer. Best of all, plenty of shade along the Dragonfly Loop.

My mom (58) and I (39) do this hike on a regular basis because it is a great mixture of challenge and amazing views. Be sure to have some cash ready when getting to the park as there is a entrance fee. Pick up the park map and decide which of the trails you are up for. Right now there is no water in the creek but we have seen it flow a couple of times in the beginning of the year. Make sure to have enough water as there are no stations anywhere on the trail but they do have multiple benches where you can sit down and rest if needed. The trail is not heavily trafficked and you can hear and see wildlife all around you. Watch for rattlesnakes! I highly recommend good hiking shoes as the terrain is very rocky and slippery at times. This is a great hike for anyone that is in good physical shape.

This is the best short steep hike ever! I’ve been doing it for years and I’m obsessed.

hiking
2 months ago

I decided to go clockwise starting at the Slate trailhead, then heading north on the Jasper Trail to the Go John Trail and finishing up on the Quartz and Slate trails. Started at mid-morning when it already was hot. There is no shade so bring plenty of water. The trails are well maintained and clearly marked. It is impossible to inadvertently go off-trail. Nice scenery along the way, except for the Slate Trail which is kind of boring. Admission fee to the park is now $7.

hiking
3 months ago

Straight up. Do it slowly and make sure you have sturdy shoes as rocks and stones quite sharp

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