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Go John/Overton Loop

Trailhead: Go John

Length: 6 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate

County Park: Cave Creek Regional Park

Journal: "Go John"

**Kid Friendly Hike**

Go John Trail

Directions to Trailhead:

From Phoenix, take Cave Creek Road north to the Carefree Highway then turn left. Turn right onto 32nd Street and continue into the Cave Creek Recreational Area. There is a fee required to enter the park; please check the park's website for the current fee information. Continue along the main park road - just before the horse area, you will see the access road for the Go John Trailhead on the left.

Trail Description:

Please note: this trail description is for the Go John and Overton Trails when done together as a counter-clockwise loop trail. Both trails can be done separately - the Go John Trail is a 4.8 mile loop, and the Overton Trail is a 2.1 mile loop.

The Go John Trail begins as an easy hike through the desert that gradually begins to climb towards a pass. From the first pass, the trail continues to climb until a second pass is reached. The trail then turns north and follows a ridgeline for about a mile, crossing in and out of washes. Directly in front of you, you will see houses, reminding you that you are still in the city.

As the trail begins to turn west, there is another short climb uphill that ends up at another pass. Once the trail heads west, civilization is lost, blocked by tall hills, and you will finally feel like you have left the city.

The trail soon dips into a wash the climbs back out again just before you come to the junction with the Overton Trail (at 4.0 miles). Here, you can either complete the Go John Trail, or you can continue to hike along the Overton Trail.

The Overton Trail, much like the Go John Trail, climbs toward a saddle for about a half mile before going downhill, towards state trust land. Along the way, you will come to an open mine, surrounded by a fence with posted warning signs. As you come to state trust land, you will actually leave the park for several hundred yards. Just before you re-enter the park, there will be a steep climb uphill on an old jeep road - and as you reach the top, you will find the old trail!

As the Overton Trail turns south again, the sight of houses will remind you once again that you are back in the city. The trail then descends towards the picnic area in the recreational area and continues behind the ramadas, until it reaches the main road. Hike along the road until you reach the Go John Trailhead.

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