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You’ll leave the comfort of the bulldozed trail, and find yourself on a rougher, less traveled trail as you descend to Cave Creek, and cross it one final time, rejoin Cave Creek Trail #4 and head to the trailhead. There is a working ranch bordering the forest land this hike is on, and we did pass through many fences and gates on the trip and saw some free grazing cattle. This mountain bike primary trail can be used downhill primary. Compare . From there, it was another mile and half downhill, all the while enjoying the amazing views before we reached another junction, where you’ll see a sign pointing you in the direction of Cave Creek Trailhead, three-quarters of a mile. I realized why once I got there, as the creek crossing has been washed out by flood. The trail system spans for about 5.5 miles along Skunk Creek and connects to the Arizona Canal Trail and the New River Trail. Nice trail - super diverse landscape. At approximately 3 miles into our hike, we found a spot that would make for a lovely private beach getaway on a warmer day, right at the base of Cramm Mountain. The campground is a fee-area but does feature vaulted toilets. The trail system spans for about 5.5 miles along Skunk Creek. Discover our solutions for pros. We were able to cross without getting wet, but it meant having to use our hands to steady ourselves as we hopped. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. and E. Greenway Pkwy. Enjoy & research Tonto National Forest, Arizona with trail guides, topo maps, photos, reviews & GPS routes on Trails.com. Temperatures out here can be significantly lower than those in the Phoenix valley, so bringing an extra layer is a good idea. The trail offers a number of activity options. Compare. Some loose rock along drop offs so wear shoes with sturdy tread. Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger lives here. Start off with walking along a a creek where it’s fully shaded. Before starting this hike, there are some precautions and preparations to note. Day Hike - Skunk Tank Canyon / Cave Creek Trail Loop Scottsdale US Forest Services Ranger Station Sunday, January 22, 2017 This activity is past. We did not take the entire loop so keep that in mind when considering this review. This follows Cave Creek Trail (#4) and Skunk Creek Trail (#246). It’s also just past this point the trail takes us a little higher up on the canyon wall away from the stream and the shade for another mile. if I do it again, I think I will just turn around at skunk tank and go back the way I came. At about a mile and a half from the Cave Creek / Skunk Creek junction is Skunk Tank. They put their heart and soul into creating a good company that provides exceptional and safe horseback riding experiences to the public. http://frugalexplorerfamily.com/2020/02/cave-creek-trail-skunk-creek-trail-loop. I personally would not bother trying to utilize any water I would find there, regardless of treatment options, unless I had a life or death need for water. Once on the Skunk Tank trail, the trail quickly switchbacks up one side of Skunk Tank Canyon. For someone in less than perfect shape for a moderate alpine-desert hiking trip, plan for about 8 hrs for the trek, taking the trailhead and going clockwise- that’s important!!. The views were incredible and no other hikers on the trail. The view was so unique for Arizona, and in ways reminded me of places I had been in Colorado or Montana. Oct 15, 2014 - Hike the Cave Creek Loop made up by Cave Creek trail and Skunk Tank trail near Phoenix, Arizona. If you follow Cave Creek Road away from town, and through the town of Carefree, eventually it will turn into Seven Springs Road. We found a gem less than an hour outside of town that features history, a beautiful stream, and mountain views that make you feel like you are in a much more remote region. We got caught in a rainstorm that rolled in at the end of the hike and couldn’t find the trail so took the road to get back quicker. Keep an eye on the AllTrails map, we definitely missed turns in a few spots and had to do some backtracking. We finished the Cave Creek and Skunk Trail combo Jan 14/18. Cave Creek Trails The Town of Cave Creek maintains a network of multi-use trails that connects portions of the Town, providing access to Cave Creek Regional Park, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, the Tonto National Forest, and linkages to the 314-mile Maricopa Trail and the Desert Foothills Land Trust properties. don't try to follow quien sabe 247 trail isn't make anymore I had to turn back after 2miles couldn't see the trail anymore. Cave Creek Trail and Skunk Creek Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. COMPANY HISTORY: Jeff and Deb Bitton started Cave Creek Trail Rides in 1999. Otherwise it pretty nice early morning when not too much sun. Cave Creek Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. Someone had recently done some work on the trail, using a bulldozer to smooth out and widen the trail to a point where it would likely be suitable for most four-wheel-drive vehicles. The weather gets warm around mid day and can get quite chilly as the sun goes down so dress in layers. I swam, the water was so nice. We saw wild horses, colorful birds , cows , deer and even a skunk. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. If you rely on GPS apps from your phone for navigation, you should download all your maps and routes before you get in the car. When we reached the stream we headed a little to the left and there is a small waterfall which was the highlight of the hike. You’ll be rewarded with a 180-degree view of Cave Creek, Cramm Mountain, and trail you just walked down. The slight increase in elevation does provide for some beautiful views of the rocky streambed below, as well as Cramm Mountain and the network of old switchbacked mining roads winding their way to her summit. I’d hike there again, with company next time! Please let us know what you think in the comments, and if you’ve got a hike you think would make for a great experience, feel free to mention it. Def worth the drive out of Phoenix! The Skunk Tank Trail immediately begins with a two-mile climb into the mountains away from the creek. Follow this trail for a short quarter of a mile where you will see another intersection, Cave Creek Trail. The area is just not very enjoyable from a scenery standpoint. Bring a water filter plenty of places to fill up. You can find my wife and hiking partner Nicole on Instagram at hairstylinhiker. Today, we are hiking the Cave Creek Trail and Skunk Creek Trail Loop. Alltrails Link: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/arizona/cave-creek-trail-and-skunk-creek-trail, Our Gaia GPS Track: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=12.6/-111.8701/33.9551&popupLoc=-111.87917/33.96399&trackId=02c0301f0b805c756b9edc16fafcc412&pubLink=8pQV7pdqJi48oyQMIhoXV1Tj, CCC Campground: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35205, Cave Creek Trailhead: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35243. This hike can be accessed from Cave Creek Trailhead near Seven Springs Recreation Area. My mile 8 we were all feeling pretty fatigued. Rarely cell service and we only saw 2 other people on the entire trail. There is parking at the trailhead and no fee to use the trailhead. Lovely trail for quiet and solitude. Read more. As the trail goes higher, you are greeted with more and more views of the surrounding desert. We felt very confident with her and we’re pleased she was our guide. If you are looking for beauty and solitude this trail is it. I am a seasoned hiker and would rate this more hard than moderate. The total elevation gain of this hike is in the next 1.5 miles of this trail. The CCC was one of the most popular New Deal programs put forth by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide young men with manual labor jobs related to conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by the federal, state, and local governments. The cairns were helpful. You can expect the probability of encountering wildlife on the trail. Coon Creek Ruins Hot. You also might remember back to the late aughts and early teens when one Mr. Earl Simmons kept having frequent run-ins with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. (The Cave Creek Trail ends at FR 48, just north of the town of Cave Creek) Up to now, this trail is easy. Hike the Cave Creek Loop made up by Cave Creek trail and Skunk Tank trail near Phoenix, Arizona. This trail runs from near Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area, a Maricopa County Park near Cave Creek, Arizona, to the Seven Springs area in Tonto National Forest.It follows Cave Creek much of the way, and is beautiful and peaceful when the creek is flowing. Length 19.7 miElevation gain 2496 ftRoute type Out & Back Always keep your eyes open for things that crawl and slither, along with javelina, coyotes, and livestock. The ridges and canyons, as well as the trees and flowers, are inspiring. No fees, washroom and plenty of parking. Great hike for views and experiencing various terrain. We did get a nice little workout. The trail is rocky and very steep in places, and we had trouble finding the trail markings at time , and is actually about 14 mi. Another two-tenths of a mile up the trail, and we found our intersection to the Skunk Creek Trail #247, and the point where the climbing begins. Cave Creek Trail and Skunk Creek Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. I hiked this trail a week and a half ago with three of my female hiking buddies. It was a nice hike and not too tough! Updated July 24, 2016. Extensive dirt and narrow roads to get to trail head but worth the drive. But the views on this climb are so worth it. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. If you’ve spent some time in the greater Phoenix area, you might be familiar with the town of Cave Creek. Cave Creek Trail Rides is very lucky to have her as an employee. 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