Cave Creek Regional Park
Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert. Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.
Cave Creek Regional Park offers over 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to 4.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to difficult.
If you are looking for an easy, relatively short hike the Cholla or Jasper Trail is recommended. If you are looking for a long more difficult hike, try the 4.8-mile Go John Trail.
The trails within the Cave Creek Regional Park are very popular because they have enough elevation to offer spectacular vistas of surrounding plains. Whether you are looking across the plain, flat land, south of the recreation area or looking to the west or north great distances or surrounding mountains can be seen and enjoyed.
All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.
$6 per motorized vehicle entry
Go John Trail
by Brian Mayeux
Start at the Go John Trailhead and go east. It starts out with a heart-pounding climb and then levels off into a flat scenic desert portion. After turning back into a canyon there are some very challenging rocky areas. I go there a lot and all I hear is “You’re crazy to be biking on this trail !!”. But seriously folks, its not that bad. For me there are some walking spots. I think for the expert rider in good shape it should be a good challenge. The end of the ride will take you dowm an awesome descent to the trailhead. Great trail !!
Type: Singletrack Loop