Cave Creek

4.4/5 (21 reviews)
Cave Creek, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 11/22/2021
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Following along the Great Western Trail, Cave Creek will take you through several canyons and up and over several mesas and mountains. The further you drive north, the more interesting the road gets. It's a true gateway to the desert mountain landscapes or, even more so, a gateway for a multi-day overland trip not far from Phoenix, Arizona, following the same route that the pioneers before us drove with horses and buggies.

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4.4/5 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 08/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Fairly striaight foward trail. Has some great side areas to explore. Drove this on a Saturday during the monsoon. Made a few creek crossings as we headed towards Sheeps Bridge. Kept getting flash flood warnings so chickened out, but happy we did as an ominous storm hit as we headed back.
Trail Review: Cave Creek - Jens Brown
Status: Open
Visited: 05/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is an easy trail as noted with a lot of big scenery near the top and throughout. Rode this to Bloody Basin to Sheeps Bridge on an ATV. Note the road to Sheeps Bridge is very rocky and should be driven slowly. Took me about 6 hours total with lunch at Sheeps Bridge thrown in. Rode this on a Friday and experienced virtually no traffic. This will be a regular because there are a few other adventure options along the route and near the top off Bloody Basin. Really enjoyed this one.
Trail Review: Cave Creek - B Wise
Trail Review: Cave Creek - B Wise
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was one of my favorite trails I have done. the scenery was awesome. the ranch that you see coming down the trail from the mountain was huge, lots of cows. the campsite we stayed at was incredible. couldn't ask for a better place to explore and camp.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/22/2021

The trail guide was given a major update. New waypoints added, new photos, new track that removed the several miles of pavement, removed the overlap with Bloody Basin, and corrected the trail rating. Overall, once past Seven Springs Recreation area this trail got to be rather nice. It packs big views at the top of the mesas and when you descend down to the north side, you find some wooded areas, rock formations and all the other things that add up to a great trail. On a Saturday, almost all to myself from sunrise until about 11am, then it got busy.
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 11/22/2021

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