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Maricopa Regional Trail (Spur Cross to Cave Creek Park)

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Rank: #20 in Carefree and Cave Creek
#195 in Arizona
#4,629 Overall
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“This section of the 300+ mile Maricopa Regional Trail has some rough spots with steep drops.”
Michael Rigney on May 4, 2013
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4.3 Miles 133’ Ascent 2,610’ High 2.8% Avg Grade
Doubletrack Type -506’ Descent 2,104’ Low 7.4% Max Grade
Description
The Maricopa Regional Trail is planned and partially constructed multi-modal trail network that will stretch over 1,500 miles and connect the nine major parks in Maricopa County.

This section of the Maricopa Regional Trail is fairly remote and is mostly on State Trust Land but the trail is managed by Maricopa County Parks and the Town of Cave Creek. The trail is a mix of dirt road, old jeep trail and technical sections through a rocky dry wash. There can be lots of rattlesnakes in this area during warm weather.

A sort side trip will take you to Apache Spring which is one of the last remaining natural springs in the area. During the spring and summer, rare canyon treefrogs can be heard calling along with spadefoot toads and lowland leopard frogs.
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PHOTOS of Maricopa Regional Trail (Spur Cross to Cave Creek Park)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Coming out of wash into Cave Creek Park. The rest of the trail to Cave C... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 3.0 from 3 votes
More trail work needed here be careful this is a rough downhill section ... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Just outside Spur Cross gate looking South at Cave Creek Park in the dis... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Newer section of CCBA trail. Most of it did remarkably well through the ... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Riding with Brad and Sheena while they were on intermission from there r... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Heavy erosion from the summers storms. Watch out here or your day could ... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 3.0 from 3 votes
More summer rain damage to trail. will be fixed soon but be careful here... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
North entrance gate to Cave Creek Regional Park. Take the Go John Trail ... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Maricopa Regional Trail marker. Watch for these as you ride this portion... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
After crossing cattle guard, bear left and look for the Maricopa Regiona... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Sharp left turn into the dry wash. (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Don't miss the junction of the Maricopa Regional Trail. (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Cattle gate on Maricopa Regional Trail. Make sure you close the gate; tu... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Maricopa Regional Trail splits from road. (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
South gate of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. From here, you will be... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Trail through rocky wash; great place to practice balance and rock hopping. (Cave Creek, AZ)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Old (1922) Geological Survey marker denoting township and range boundary. (Cave Creek, AZ)
 1.7 from 3 votes
"Dog collar gate". This next section of the trail is very technical with... (Cave Creek, AZ)
 1.7 from 3 votes
Dirt road section (Cave Creek, AZ)
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