Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Very nice hike with great views in my opinion. The jagged rocky terrain make for a challenging hike. I would say it is similar to Piestewa. There were swarms of flying bugs near the top area with the flag so we weren't able to see the flag much. Very disappointing.

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
15 days ago

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

hiking
15 days ago

Nice trail saguaros were great!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Much 10% grade. I only did from parking to elephant mountain trailhead. I started around 7:30 and should have started earlier to make the whole route. Next time

Definitely a steep and rugged trek to the summit. Awesome 360 views! Can see quite a bit- Piestewa, Camelback, Tom’s Thumb, Pinnacle, even Flat-Iron and Weavers Needle. Pretty easy to get off track as there aren’t really any markings so I would check your map periodically. Gave this hike 3 stars because of the abundance of bugs and horseflies at the peak around the American Flag. Couldn’t really stay up there for too long to enjoy it(I’m assuming it’s just the time of year). Also, it doesn’t feel super rewarding considering you can’t really “run” enjoyably.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Great climb giving you a decent cardio workout. Need to pay close attention to foot on placement.

2 months ago

A maze (ing)

Pretty quick hike, also pretty steep. Great view from the top!

Great views, no people, wildlife, and well maintained.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful hike/trail run. 6.8 by my watch. Agree moderate, not difficult. Counter-clockwise has more steep inclines at the beginning of the loop, then the other side is gradual and rolling ups and downs. Few people go beyond Tortuga so nice and quiet. Great views! Optional trails at the top to a lookout and then also to Elephant Mountain. Have seen rattlers, so watch your step. No water, and can be pretty sunny. One of my go-to's. Second parking area is closer to the trailhead. Small fee for parking, or get the Maricopa county yearly pass. Don't know if they check, but the $$ is for a good cause.

hiking
2 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!

Great workout, wore a 20lb vest to get that extra burn. Steep most of the way up and great view at the top.

Great workout. Sadly when u get to the
top; no place to sit and rest your aching legs! Glad we ate before. Still, fun and great views. We are Crossfitters and still were hurting a bit on way up. Down was cake- except it WILL crush your knees and quads. Go to El Encatnto after to rest, have a margarita, and a yummy Mexican dish!

hiking
2 months ago

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

Nice clean trail! Great sights.

on Spur Cross Trail

3 months ago

Beautiful views

Great workout and great views! I have done it twice in last 2 weeks. Do recommend good hiking shoes. A fellow hiker had on tennis shoes and she did slip quite a bit.

hiking
3 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!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike and great workout! IMPORTANT NOTE: if you park across the street from the official trail parking on the dirt shoulder, make sure your car is not in the road at all whatsoever. This past weekend, cars that were just a few inches into the road were all towed since a local called the police. Parked there several times before with no issue, there are no signs warning hikers of this risk. Still rating this hike 5 stars because it’s awesome and don’t want to let one person’s need to take their anger out on others lessen an amazing trail. It’s about them. I’ll be back and will continue to enjoy! Happy hiking all.

hiking
3 months ago

Great in and out trail. Difficult and you have to scramble some rocks. Great views at the top. Hikers around you are nice as well.

This is a beautiful hike. I wish the desert had enough rain this year as I can see it must be stunning when the desert is in full bloom. I think the rating on this one is wrong though and I would rate it as moderate not difficult.

hiking
3 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!

Nice trail, good views.

hiking
3 months ago

Great challenge...opens the lungs to big adventure...

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