Overton Trail

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Rank: #4 in the Carefree and Cave Creek area
#406 in AZ, #12,400 Overall
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Trail in the area near Cave Creek,
“A very flowy fun trail best ridden via the Go John Trail.”
Michael Rigney on May 23, 2013
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1.82.9 milesKilometers 62’19 m Ascent 2,445’745 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Doubletrack Type -391’-119 m Descent 2,057’627 m Low 11% Max Grade (6°)
Restrictions
Used heavily by horseback riders during the winter months.
Description
This trail connects the well-used Go John Trail with the lower trails in the park incuding Jasper and Slate Trails. This trail is part of the Cave Creek Bicycle Festival loop (now called the Cave Creek Cactus Classic) bike race route. The summit affords great views and a bench to sit and choke down an energy gel for the last few miles of the loop.

Two switchbacks on the way down are challenging for new riders but experienced riders will have no problem negotiating the fairly wide turns.

At the bottom of the hill, there is a short trail leading to the Cave Creek Nature Center where there are bathroom facilities and COLD WATER. The nature center has a variety very good displays on desert plants and wildlife.

The trail continues on past a childrens' play area and transitions to the Slate Trail as you cross Tonalite Drive.
Contacts
Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks
Local Club: Cave Creek Bicycle Association
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PHOTOS of Overton Trail
  2.5 from 2 votes
Climbing the Overton Trail. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Steep downhill on Overton; Nature Center (with water and air conditionin... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
View from the summit of Overton Trail. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Junction of Go John Trail and Overton Trail; stay to the right and follo... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  1.7 from 3 votes
Double switchbacks on Overton Trail. (Cave Creek, AZ)