Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Seitts Preserve Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 12, 2021
where Cave Creek
the hike     Tucked between Cave Creek Regional Park and a horsey suburban neighborhood, Go John Canyon is full of history and beauty. Mare Czinar described this area in an article for the Arizona Republic in January, 2018.
    Enjoy a scenic stroll through the sometimes colorful gorge of Cave Creek, while Black Mountain looms to the east. The level trails are well groomed, but there will be a climb, so we will definitely get to stretch our legs. Along the way we’ll stop to take photos of a “Michelin Man” cactus just off trail.
    Our trip starts out on C-4 to Slate Trail. Follow Slate to Jasper. Then Go John to Quartz to Flat Rock then Military back to C-4. We will provide maps, but it’s fairly easy since it’s signed well.
distance 7 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-900' elevation change
elevations 2,120' (trailhead) to 2,552' (saddle)
type loop
starting at PA Seitts Trailhead, located off Cloud Road at 52nd St.
on trail 100% — Slate, Jasper, Go John, Quartz, Flat Rock, Military Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Cave Creek
meet 9:00 AM at PA Seitts Trailhead.
drive
•  From Cave Creek Road/Care Free Highway, go north on Cave Creek Road, 0.6 miles to New River Road (no light).
Turn left. Proceed on New River Road for 0.3 miles.
Turn right on Creek Canyon Road and follow this 0.4 miles as it becomes 54th St. and then Cloud Road.
The parking lot is on the side of the road. No restrooms.

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