Gateway to Seven Springs

Total Miles


1,135.54 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is a very easy trail that takes you from the Tonto National Forest Border in Cave Creek to the Cave Creek Trailhead in the Seven Springs Recreation Area. This is one of the most overlooked areas in this part of the Tonto National Forest. The first 2.2 miles of the trail are paved, and the remainder of the trail is wide dirt, but there are steep drop-offs and very tight switchback turns along the way, as well as some amazing scenery that make this a very worthwhile trail. Numerous side trails spawn off of this main trail, and some of the views of the Mazatzal Range are breathtaking.

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Gateway to Seven Springs
Gateway to Seven Springs
Gateway to Seven Springs


This is an easy and wide dirt trail with some spots of pavement, however, there are sharp switchbacks and steep drop-offs without guardrails in many places. Some of the water crossings can get very deep after a rain or strong runoff, but otherwise it is a very easy trail.

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Access Description

Take Cave Creek Road northeast from the town of Cave Creek, past Bartlett Lake Road, until you see the marker for the Tonto National Forest. This trail starts at the trailhead just southwest of Sears Kay.

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