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Go John via Overton Trail Loop

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Go John via Overton Trail Loop

by: Honza
Location:  Cave Creek, AZ          Longitude:  -112.0010    Latitude:  33.8326
The "large" loop of the Cave Creek Regional Park, known for its geologic formations, scenic views and Sonoran Desert flora/fauna.
Features and Interests:   Scenic with geologic formations; mine
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Saguaro  Saguaro
lease note this route combines 2 of the park's trails: Go John and Overton Trails. They can be done individually with Go John being 5.8 miles and Overton Trail 3.3 miles each.

Since we are combining these 2 trails to form the large loop, you will want to take the Go John Trail loop counter-clockwise starting near the SE corner of the parking lot.

The trail starts out pretty level but does start climbing and descending over a few smaller passes. You will be hiking the ridge lines around the tallest peak of the park to your left (3060 ft).

Near the half way point, you will descend into a wash where you will see a boundary/gate with the Maricopa Trail system leading to the Spur Cross trails (also on this site; about 4 miles away).

Around the 4 mile point is the intersection with the Overton Trail. You can either make a left to finish the shorter Go John Trail loop, or make a right and continue to hike along the Overton Trail forming the large loop.

As you descend along the way, you will come to the Clay Mine turn off, which is less than a mile away. Continue on the Overton Trail, passing the parking lots to the main parking lot, to finish the loop.
Trail Distance:  6.45 miles round-trip
Elevation:  2045ft - 2540ft   (change 495ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Occassional passing
Season:  September to April
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Water  Ranger StationTake the I-17 north to Carefree Highway. Staying on Carefree Hwy for 7 miles, make a left onto 32nd Street and continue to the Cave Creek Recreational Area. There is a $6.00 per car entry fee. Once inside, continue along the main road until you see the "Hiking Trails" sign, making a left continue down to the main parking lot marked for Go John Trail. Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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