Cave Creek

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4.3/5 (25 reviews)
Cave Creek, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 03/04/2023
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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 (25)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Cave creek was a easy longer trail. I do believe and SUV with AWD could do it as long as you have clearance. It is extremely rough on suspension as it’s mainly rocky and washboard. I would highly recommend hanging a left at the end to get to highway 17. For that trail definitely need 4WD as there are some rock shelfs to clear and deep sand . I have 8.5 inch ground clearance and barely cleared a few sections. Overall took 4.5 hrs and will be going back!
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this as an alternate coming back from Sheep’s Bridge. Looks like they ran the grater on some of the northern end. Some nice scenery going through the upper canyon.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/09/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Directions to trail in err twice. Took Bloody Basin west to I-17 from end of tail. Enjoyed the 52 miles. Trail becomes more challenging on the north half.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/04/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail was in good shape as far as Waypoint 12.
Trail Review: Cave Creek - Wade May
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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

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