Overton Loop Trail
Length: 3 miles roundtrip
County Park: Cave Creek Regional Park
Journal: "Thanksgiving in Arizona"
**Kid Friendly Hike**
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. The Overton Trailhead is located on the left hand side of the road, about three-quarters of a mile past the campground.
Note: this trail description describes the counter-clockwise loop. From the Overton Trail, follow the Overton Trail 0.5 miles to the Go John Trailhead. At the Go John Trailhead, you will join with the Go John Trail - for the shorter loop, take the trail on the left. (To read about the longer loop, click here).
The Go John Trail begins to climb almost immediately - this is a very long and rocky climb, but it is not too strenuous. The climb is 0.9 miles and gains about 250 feet in elevation. It ends at a saddle that overlooks the Valley.
From the saddle, the trail intersects with the Overton Trail and descends gently as the trail follows the contour of the hill. At 2.3 miles, the campground is visible from the trail. Here, the trail crosses the Maricopa County Park boundary and leave the park for about 0.1 mile. It then re-enters the park and continues around the mountain.
At 2.9 miles, the Overton Trail intersects with the Clay Mine Trail, which goes 0.8 miles to the campground. Continue another 0.1 miles to return to the trailhead.
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