Explore the most popular trail running 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
7 days ago

This trail had a lot of variance - desert, open vistas, creek crossing, and woodland. Because of that it's one of my fav's. It's special to walk along that creek - just lovely.

hiking
7 days ago

An absolutely lovely little hike among the cottonwoods, along Cave Creek. Lots of wildflowers, grass, trees, and, bonus - SHADE! ...a rarity on Phoenix trails. This little hike was very dreamy because of the vegetation and the trickle of the water. But be warned, snakes need to drink too - I saw a diamondback twisting and bending around the roots of a cottonwood, slowwwwwly lowering its head down into the water. Very elegant to watch, but for those of you who don't like snakes, beware.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for kids with the pond and plenty of wildlife. It is one of my all-time favorites!

hiking
2 months ago

Great loop for kids.

great trail! a lot of variety, well marked, clear paths. Lots to see! The Quartz rocks are beautiful. A little bit of shade along the way. I started at Go John then took the Quartz trail to Slate trail and back to the parking areas, which took a little over an hour. a little bit of incline the first half, then the second half is mostly decline or flat. went on a Saturday and think I saw a total of 4 or 5 people on that trail. pushed back far enough from main roads that it really does feel desolate and peaceful. there is a $6 day pass fee, but definitely worth it!

3 months ago

A maze (ing)

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve been hiking this trail a few times a week with a friend and this is my favorite trail so far and I have hiked the trails all over the valley. So beautiful and options for more difficult trails to easier. We see the same family of deer every time we go too. Amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

The water wasn’t running but there were some scenic moments. Overall, not bad.

on Spur Cross Trail

4 months ago

Beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is well maintained. Moderate due to distance but no strenuous sections. Exposed so bring water if doing summer or midday.

Nice views and well maintained trails. Wish it would have had mike markers. Otherwise great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Went late morning on a Saturday, and even though there wasn't a whole lot of parking available I didn't come across a lot of people on the trail. Only encountered one biker. My dog loved it and we saw a Gila monster!

Great views with some elevation, but not challenging. There's a beautiful quartz outcropping on, of course, the Quartz Trail section. Quartz and Slate sections have several benches.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike. You do not see many houses and feels remote and very quiet. We only encountered a few other hikers. There are a few nice short cardio elevation gains but it is mostly quite nice.

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy hike with my gf. Little foot traffic. Very cool and warm today

off road driving
4 months ago

This was a perfect fit for a late morning start for a couple of us jeep gals. We didn't go to the cabin we choose to go towards the mine, testing our skills :) I have a stock LJ with 33's and her's is a JK with 33's also, but she has a 2-3" lift if I remember right. Both vehicles had no problems at all. Great scenery also. I would go back just to be able to go down and check out the cabin.

Great trail, saw 3 rattlesnakes

on Dragonfly Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Loved everything about it. Short but sweet. Great for kids, I took all five of my kids and even my two year old did great!

hiking
5 months ago

Modest elevation, good surface on trail, and lots of nice views. There is an entrance fee, but worth it.

I really loved this hike. Gorgeous views pretty much the whole way, and we only saw a handful of people. We did it clockwise and it started off with an incline but then was fairly steady with up and down inclines. I def think it would have been harder counter clock wise!

Nice scenery, different trees, and great for kids! We took our three and five year old boys and had a blast.

5 months ago

In a nice, protected area. No man made distractions.
Trail well maintained and marked. Seemed to be popular with equestrian and bikers, but not congested in the least.
Note: there is an entrance fee to the park ($6 for my day pass)

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful trail. Great for trail running, biking or hiking. No too difficult but you get a good workout! I started at the Overton TH to the GJ trail. Hiked north up GJ to catch the elevation. Nice views. Some homes. Some people. Not too many. Definitely will do again!

Beautiful hike, all the quartz was very cool, scenic, quite easy short hike

5 months ago

Nice, easy trail

nice trail we some good views. well maintained and some good elevation change but not too strenuous.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, short

hiking
5 months ago

flat, best to do as a loop with Go John, Quartz or Flat Rock.

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